Ormoc City sends 10-member rescue team to landslide-hit Cebu

Annie Fe Perez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 22 2018 06:20 PM

A rescue team from Ormoc City will lend a hand in search operations in landslide-hit Naga City, Cebu. Annie Fe Perez, ABS-CBN News

NAGA CITY, Cebu – A 10-member rescue team from Ormoc City arrived here Saturday to help in the search for those missing after a landslide hit a hillside village here Thursday. 

The team, which arrived in the morning, brought a rescue truck and service vehicle with them.

“This is our way of giving back to Naga City who responded also during the earthquake in Ormoc,” said the team’s operations head Rosulo Pabilan, referring to the quake that hit Ormoc last year. 

The team will stay in the area for five days. They are also waiting for their relief goods to arrive.

Meanwhile, high school and college students volunteered to help in the repacking of relief goods for the evacuees.

“We would like to help out than spend our weekends loitering,” said student Joanne Fernandez.

More than a thousand families were evacuated following Thursday’s landslide that was triggered by heavy rains. 

As of Saturday afternoon, the Department of Social Welfare and Development's office in Region 7 recorded 35 bodies recovered, 15 hurt, and 44 missing. 

ABS-CBN Cebu has also launched a relief campaign with its drop-off center at its complex in Jagobiao, Mandaue City.