Air force airlifts four more Negros quake victims to Cebu

February 10, 2012 11:00 pm 

CEBU City, Feb. 10 – Four persons from Guihulngan, Negros Oriental were transferred to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City Thursday to receive treatment for injuries they sustained during last Monday’s earthquake.

The victims were identified as Marilyn Villacolar, 11; Jesselyn Anes, five; John Kenneth Sabijon, a high school student; and Marlin Flores, 33.

They were airlifted by the Philippine Air Force and arrived at the Mactan air base at 3:04 p.m.

Anes and Flores suffered fractures in the arms and leg, respectively. Sabijon was injured after he reportedly jumped out of the school building when the tremor began.

”These victims need tertiary care as the hospital here in Negros could not cater to their injuries,” said Nonoy Mongaya, VSMMC spokesman.

Last Wednesday, Felia Acabal, 33; Nicalona Mejares, seven; and a 62-year-old man who remains unidentified were also transferred to the VSMMC from Guihulngan.

Their injuries were critical, according o the rescue teams’ initial assessment.

Acabal and Mejares both fractured their leg after they were hit by a firewall, while the 62-year-old was injured when a ceiling collapsed on him at the height of the earthquake, which was considered to be the strongest to hit the region in nine decades. (PNA) RMA/EB/re

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