3 dead, several trapped inside landslide-hit building in Mt. Province


Posted at Oct 30 2018 09:52 PM | Updated as of Oct 31 2018 03:56 AM


An undated photo showing an unfinished DPWH building in Natonin town, Mountain Province. Courtesy of Gil Magno


People sift through mud that apparently buried a DPWH building in Natonin town, Mountain Province on Tuesday. The landslide was caused by continuous rains brought about by typhoon Rosita. Courtesy of Gil Magno

(2nd UPDATE) Three people were killed, while more than 20 others were trapped inside the second district engineering office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Natonin town, Mountain Province, following a landslide on Tuesday afternoon.

The Office of Civil Defense in the Cordillera Autonomous Region confirmed the incident.

As of 11 p.m., rescue teams were unable to reach the area due to several landslides along roads, according to the police and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Policemen from Paracelis town were dispatched to the area.

Rescue and retrieval operations were earlier halted because of heavy rains and flooding in the area.

Before and after photos shared by Gil Magno showed how the landslide buried the DPWH building.

Sources told ABS-CBN News that the DPWH building was still unfinished when the landslide occurred. Glass windows hadn't been installed in some floors of the building. — With a report from Justin Aguilar