NUEVA VIZCAYA –The Philippine National Police (PNP) and other concerned agencies have found it difficult to retrieve the remaining bodies of landslide victims in Sitio Kinalabasa, Sitio Compound and Sitio Bit-ang, Barangay Runrunu in Quezon Nueva Vizcaya due to the continuous downpour of rain.
This was disclosed by PNP Provincial Director Col. Ranser Evasco on Friday morning, November 13.
“Maging ang mga nagrescue na sa kanila ay ginginaw at nanganganib din baka biglang gumuho ang lupa (Even the rescuers were cold and in danger because the soil might give way),” Evasco told The Manila Bulletin .
Evasco has now identified victims of the landslides which hit at the height of typhoon Ulysses on Thursday, November 12.
Recovered dead were Julie AnnTaniza, 15; Francisco Napadaoan, 54; Mark Conie Binwag, 15; JomarComilang, 33; and Noel Buyaco, 39.
Evasco said three were killed in the Sitio Bit-ang landslide, and one each in SitioKinalabasa and Sitio Compound.
Still missing were Ben Oyami, GregoriaNah-oy, and a 3-month-old baby known only as Omar, and Joel Buyuca. Two were from Sitio Bit-ang and three from Sitio Compound.
Evasco said that landslides were reported on Thursday in SitioKinalabasa, Sitio Compound, and Sitio Bit-ang, Barangay Runrunu, Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya, and he immediately led a team that conducted retrieval and rescue operations.
“ Nahirapan din ang mga tao na mag locate sa mga tao nanatabunan at nawawawala at patuloy ang pag ulan na angsimula pa noong bagyong Rolly (We had a hard time to locate those who were buried and missing. The rains have been pouring even at the time of typhoon Rolly,” Evasco added.
On Friday, Evasco said several residents were forced to evacuate their homes as they were afraid of any more landslides that could hit.
Evasco said the Nueva Vizcaya Police Office, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), and Quezon Municipal Police have been conducting round-the-clock retrieval operations.
But these have to be stopped from time-to-time whenever torrential rains pour, according to the Nueva Vizcaya police chief.
A team, led by Police Regional Office Director Brig. Gen. Crizaldo Nieves, has also started to distribute relief goods to residents who had to evacuate their homes.