Old woman goes missing after landslide hits Compostela Valley

Claire Cornelio, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 23 2017 05:09 AM

A 78-year-old woman was reported missing after her house collapsed in a landslide in Monkayo, Compostela Valley on Friday morning.

Alice Cabunoc, head of Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office in Monkayo, identified the woman as Cornelia Antipala.

Antipala's live-in partner, Salvador Arances Sr., 78, was injured in the landslide.

Cabunoc said the two were sleeping when a landslide hit their house amid tropical storm Vinta.

"The woman is paralyzed. She could have drowned," she told ABS-CBN News.

Authorities continue to search for Antipala. Arances, on the other hand, is recuperating in the hospital.

Meanwhile, some areas in Barangay Poblacion, Monkayo were flooded. The national highway is not yet passable to vehicles.

"No major incidents so far, only few minor landslides," said Raul Villocino, head of the Compostela Valley's Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Last Thursday, the provincial government suspended classes in all levels, as well as mining operations.

The local social welfare and development office has started distributing food packs to affected families.