Ten people have been killed in the landslide that occurred in Monkayo, Davao de Oro. This included a woman who had previously rescued a baby.
In a report by Kent Abrigana of Regional TV One Mindanao on GMA News 24 Oras this Friday, it was said that the remains of 35-year-old Ritchell Reboldad were recovered during the continuation of the search and retrieval operation in the area this morning.
According to Reboldad’s brother, the victim was on the side of the house and managed to throw a baby.
“Bago pa lang sila nakarating para mag-Bible study, gumuho na ang lupa. Ang ate ko naman, [nasa] gilid pa ng bahay kaya naihagis pa niya ang baby kaya nakaligtas,” said Cheryl.
(Just before they arrived to do Bible study, the ground collapsed. As for my sister, she was [on] the side of the house, so she even managed to throw the baby so he survived.)
Of the 10 casualties, five were children, including a one-year-old baby. One baby is in critical condition.
The body of another victim, 44-year-old Agnes Bitoon, was also recovered.
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“Aasikasuhin na lang namin ang mga labi niya. Tatanggapin na lang namin ang katotohanan na hindi na siya babalik pa (We will arrange her funeral. We will accept the truth that she will not comeback anymore),” sad statement of Reneboy Villanueva, Bitoon’s partner.
It was about 1 p.m. when the body of Elvera Saldua, 35 years old, was recovered.
The search continues for the only missing person, 45-year-old Rommel Gumatin.
Seven of the Gumatin family were confirmed dead.
Seven of the Gumatin children were confirmed dead.
This Thursday, the area in Brgy Mt Diwata is still experiencing rain due to the shear line.
“Weather condition is very challenging because our retrieving team is really struggling. But we will do everything that we could. The rain is heavy,” according to Jonell Palanas, safety and security head of the Monkayo Disaster Risk Reduction. and Management Office.