1 dead and 40 missing in Compostela Valley landslide

One person died, six were injured and 40 others were believed to be missing after a landslide hit a small-scale mining community in the municipality of Pantukan, Compostela Valley province on Friday.

Office of Civil Defense-Region 11 director Liza Mazo said the landslide was caused by heavy overnight rains.

“It’s been raining hard since last night here, causing a high-risk landslide area to give in, burying houses below,” Mazo said.

She said the landslide happened at around 2:30 a.m. at Sitio Panganason Dasbi in Kingking village, killing one person.

Col. Roberto Domines, commander of the 1001st Infantry Batallion, told ANC on Friday noon that around 40 people are believed to be missing.

Six people were injured and taken to the hospital.

Five of them were brought to the Emergency Hospital in Pantukan: Lambert Detro, 47; Jeffrey Tundag, 15; Jerry Hostil, 21; Erwin Galorio, 20; and Mike Sarit.

Rico Clase, 29, was brought to the Davao Medical Center in Tagum City.

A team from the OCD and the military has been dispatched to the area to help in the rescue operations.

A similar landslide also hit Kingking village and Napnapan village in May 2009, killing 21 people.

Officials have repeatedly warned residents about the risk of landslides, but they have refused to leave the community.

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