60 found dead in week-long dig for Cebu landslide survivors


Posted at Sep 26 2018 12:56 PM | Updated as of Sep 26 2018 01:16 PM

Sixty people have died from a landslide in Naga City, Cebu, its disaster office said Wednesday as the search for dozens feared trapped under mounds of soil and rocks entered its 7th day.

The landslide struck Sitio Sindulan, Barangay Tinaan after heavy rains on Thursday morning, burying dozens of houses near a quarry site.

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Authorities were still searching for 28 missing residents, Cebu's disaster office head Baltazar Tribulano told radio DZMM.

The disaster injured 18.

Searchers are on the lookout for rains that may unleash fresh landslides as slopes remained loose, he said.

Cebu was not directly hit earlier this month by typhoon Ompong, but it has been pounded by heavy monsoon rain for days.

In the northern province of Itogon, Benguet, rescuers also worked to recover bodies of dozens of miners and their families after a landslide triggered by Ompong buried their bunkhouse and chapel.

Ompong left at least 95 people killed across Luzon and destroyed some P26.7 billion worth of crops and livestock, authorities earlier said.

DZMM, 26 September 2018