Four killed in Tacloban Landslide

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TACLOBAN CITY — Four people were killed after a  wall collapsed and mudslides cascaded to the nearby residences Saturday night.

The Philippine News Agency reported one died, but Rappler.com reported four were killed.

The Rappler.com report said  of the 4 casualties has been identified as Delia Carson, 64, whose body was retrieved at about 2:am Sunday,  January 14, according to Barangay Chairman Regina Belarmino of Barangay 43B Quarry, Tacloban.

Authorities feared the village  barangay Secretary identified as  Inday Hernandez, her husband and their child could have been trapped but rescue operations was ongoing.

The incident happened after  wall, measuring 3.6 meters (12 feet) high and 40 meters long, was the property wall of a certain Jason Co.

Mayor Cristina Romualdez said the mudslide caused the  collapse a concrete wall and buried several houses along Cong. Artemio Mate Avenue in Quarry district, this city past 9 p.m. on Saturday.

“This is very unfortunate. After this incident, we immediately evacuated villagers near the landslide area to ensure safety,” Romualdez said in a media interview.

Mayor Romulaldez supervises teh rescue operations Saturday night. Photo from the mayor’s facebook post

The mayor led the city disaster risk reduction management council in the conduct of search, rescue and retrieval operation.

The regional capital has experienced heavy rains on Saturday due to tail end of a cold front, which triggered flooding and landslide.

A chest-deep flood along the national road in the city’s Nula-Tula village has rendered a portion of the highway impassable to all types of vehicles for more than three hours on Saturday night.

Citing initial reports from rescuers, the mayor said one is confirmed dead, while four others are still missing, including a village secretary and village watchman.

“This is very unfortunate. After this incident, we immediately evacuated villagers near the landslide area to ensure safety,” Romualdez in a media interview said.

The mayor led the city disaster risk reduction management council in the conduct of search, rescue and retrieval operation.

The regional capital has experienced heavy rains on Saturday due to tail end of a cold front, which triggered flooding and landslide.

A chest-deep flood along the national road in the city’s Nula-Tula village has rendered a portion of the highway impassable to all types of vehicles for more than three hours on Saturday night.-Newsline.ph

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