Friday, January 19, 2007

7 feared dead in Agusan mudslide

CAGAYAN de Oro Journal (BEN BALCE/Jan 19) – Seven people, including three children, are believed to have been buried alive in a mudslide caused by continuous heavy rains along the boundaries of Bolobo and Maasin in Esperanza town, Agusan del Sur Wednesday evening.

Authorities said at least four houses were buried midnight last Wednesday.

Rescuers are looking for Faustino Pungcol, Rosita Kadisal, Bert Triwalan, Nelo Galeria, Nitoy Galeria, and two others whose identities were unclear at presstime.
A capitol spokesperson, Ferdinand Perez, said Gov. Eddie Bong Plaza immediately sent a rescue team to the landslide area. He said rescuers need heavy equipment to unearth the victims.
Esperanza mayor Lorena Manpatilan sent another team composed of police, municipal engineering personnel and barangay officials and headed by municipal social welfare officer Minda Benadero.

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