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Landslide buries family; local officials start counting deaths, losses

DAVAO City – A family living in a far-flung community in Barangay Malawanit in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur was buried in a landslide shortly after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Wednesday evening, killing a woman and one of her children.

Anthony Allada, an information officer of Magsaysay town, said responders were able to rescue the father, identified as Joy joy Lakay, and his two other children. But the rescue team failed to save the mother, who was still cuddling her baby when retrieved from among the debris.

The rescued family members were immediately brought to the National Hospital in Digos City for proper treatment.

Allada earlier confirmed that there were three recorded fatalities in Magsaysay, one of them two-year-old Chris Joy Chuan Roda, of Barangay San Isidro, who was pinned to death when the kitchen collapsed.

The Roda family tried to bring her to the Gonzales Maranan Medical Center Inc. in neighboring Digos City but failed to reach the hospital alive.

In another part of Mindanao, six-year-old Janave Senda, who was from Datu Paglas town in Maguindanao, was rushed to Tulunan District Hospital after she was hit by debris from a damaged wall, according to Tulunan Mayor Reuel Limbongan. Senda ended up in the list of fatalities.

M’lang Mayor Russel Abonado confirmed that one of his constituents died of a heart attack. The victim’s name is not yet available at this time.

Abonado said that he received reports through the Municipal Disaster Risk and Reduction Management (MDRRM) that a number of his residents were injured as a result of the quake.

In Kidapawan City, Mayor Joseph Evangelista ordered forced evacuation of residents of Barangay Ilomavis, a hinterland village located at the foot of Mount Apo, when they monitored landslides and a number of big rocks had fallen as a result of the quake.

Kidapawan was among areas that felt the earthquake the strongest, at Intensity VII, according to Hermes Daquipa, head of the local office of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs)

The Phivolcs, in its bulletin, pegged the epicenter’s location at the coordinates 06.75°N, 125.00°E, or somewhere in the southern part of Tulunan near its boundary with DatuPaglas in Maguindanao and Columbia in Sultan Kudarat.

It listed more than 150 aftershocks as of 11 am yesterday.

Evangelista has also ordered patients from different hospitals to be moved to the city gymnasium while assessment of the integrity of these structures is ongoing.

Acting Cotabato Gov. Lala Mendoza ordered, through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, suspension of all classes in all levels in the whole province.

Evangelista has also ordered no work at the city hall. Work is suspended at the provincial capitol, too.  (Mindanews)

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