31 bodies recovered, 15 still missing in Camarines Sur landslide

January 06, 2019
Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte vows help for Usman victims.

SAGÑAY, Camarines Sur -- Retrieval teams from the Sagnay Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, the Philippine Red Cross and the Camarines Sur provincial government recovered another body in Sitio Garang in Bgy. Patitinan here, bringing to 31 the total number of recovered victims at the landslide site in Sitio Igot, Bgy. Patitinan here.

On Friday, 11 bodies were dug from the rubble at Sitio Maynaga in Ipil, Albay.

The retrieval operations in Sitios Igot, Garang  and Crossing entered its sixth-day on Friday.

The teams are searching for 15 more residents believed buried alive in the landslides triggered by Tropical Depression Usman.

Also on Friday, President Rodrigo Duterte visited the province  to assess the extent of landslides and floods brought by “Usman.”

President Duterte conducted an aerial inspection of the calamity-stricken province, met with local officials and promised he will allocate funds for the Bicol region from the Road Board's Motor Vehicle User's Charge (MVUC) after its abolition.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), at least 122 people were reported dead due to Usman, with most fatalities coming from Bicol.

The NDRRMC added that some 75,326 families or 308,451 individuals were displaced in Bicol, Eastern and Western Visayas, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan.

Early this week, Buhi Mayor Margie Aguinillo said the overflowing of Lake Buhi caused floods in  21 out of the 38 villages, while over 1,000 evacuees  still remain at the town’s Pastoral Center of St. Francis of Assisi Parish.