3 die in Davao Occidental landslide

Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 16 2019 03:32 PM

The family was walking by the riverside when the landslide occurred. Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News

JOSE ABAD SANTOS, Davao Occidental – Three members of a family were killed in a landslide in a remote village in this town Sunday night.

The victims were identified as Efrencio Serna Sr., his wife Mateya, both 53 years old; and their son Efrencio Jr., 23.

Jose Abad Santos Mayor Jason Joyce said the three were walking by the riverside on their way home to Purok Manga in Barangay Nuing when a chunk of earth fell on them.

It has been raining for days due to a trough of a low pressure area which triggered the landslide.

Their relatives conducted a search after they failed to come home on Sunday night. Their bodies were recovered on Monday.

The local government immediately extended burial assistance to the family and offered a scholarship to the couple's other son.

The mayor also ordered the engineering department to find a safer road for the safety of the villagers.