Comval landslide death toll reaches 28, missing victims rise to 35

January 8, 2012 12:20 pm 

By Jessie L. Casalda

DAVAO CITY, Jan. 8 -– The death toll in the mining site landslide tragedy in Purok Diat 1 and Diat 2, Sitio Palo Uno, Barangay Napnapan, Pantukan, Compostela Valley rose to 28 as rescue teams continue with their search and retrieval operations on Sunday morning.

A report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) revealed that of the 28 dead, 23 had been identified while five are still to be identified.

The report further stated that 16 persons were already rescued, 6 of whom are still in the hospital and one in critical condition.

The number of missing persons also rose from five to 35.

As of 7 a.m. Sunday, Major Jake Obligado of the Civil Military Operations Battalion revealed that the number of persons to be traced had ballooned to 35 as individuals and groups had approached the command post in Pantukan and reported their missing relatives.

The NDRRMC also released the names of the dead persons, namely: Gary Asilum of Bislig, Surigao del Sur; Rolando Batayola, Nuevo Iloco, Mawab, Compostela Valley; George Comidi of Bontoc, Mountain Province; Romnick Diagdal of Visayan Village, Tagum City; Roger Diagdal, also of Tagum City; Christoper Dayami of Banay-banay, Davao Oriental; Elmer Dumanhog of Mapaang, Maco, Compostela Valley; Ruel Gonzales, of Mabuhay, Laak, Compostela Valley; Jake Larios, of New Corella, Davao del Norte; Geraldo Lemosnero of Mapaang, Maco, Compostela Valley;

A certain Maya; Rogelio Sanchez of General Santos City; Arlene Senoron of Visayan Village, Tagum City; Ramil Senoron of Tagum City; Malakas Taping of Mabini, Compostela Valley; Rodel Taping of Pantukan; Bea Tolentino of Upper Lahi, Managa, Pantukan; Ivy Tolentino of Upper Lahi, Magnaga, Pantukan; Sheena Mae Tolentino of Magnaga, Pantukan; Elmer Torred Sr. of Dinagat Island;

Ruperto Velasquez of San Isidro, Davao Oriental; Susana Velasquez of San Isidro, Davao Oriental; Ruel Zamora of Visayan Village, Tagum City; and five still to be identified persons.

Those who were injured were Jimboy Andao of Marapat, Monkayo, Compostela Valley; Leoncio Baclayon of Poblacion Mawab, Compostela Valley; Edgardo Cacho of Mangga, Tagum City; Clark Casera, Durian, Monkayo, Compostela Valley; Melvin Cuadrado of San Isidro, Davao Oriental; Jason Dayami of Banay-banay, Davao Oriental; Arnel Nicolas of Mangga, Tagum City; Moito Recana of General Santos City; Ronald Sanchez of Poblacion New Corella, Davao del Norte and seven still to be identified.

Authorities in charge in the retrieval operations are still confused as to the actual number of persons to be traced since they have no list of the persons occupying the area before the landslide happened. They were hoping more victims are buried alive.

Obligado said search and rescue operations remained in the landslide area.

They only depend now on the relatives of the victims who will seek assistance from the command center. (PNA) DCT/ldp/JLC

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