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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 05, 2012


17 dead, 16 injured in Pantukan landslide

by Jeanevive Duron-Abangan

COMPOSTELA VALLEY, Jan. 05 (PIA) -- As of 12:00 noon, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC) counted only 17 dead bodies and monitored 16 injured when a landslide took place at 3:00 a.m. today at a small scale mining site in Sitio Diat Uno, Barangay Napnapan, Pantukan, Compostela Valley Province.

MDRRMC spokesperson Dr. Arnulfo Lantaya corrected what was reported earlier, saying he was misinformed by his contact at the landslide site as that person was having a hard time in clearing data “because he was also taking charge of the retrieval operation.”

Earlier, Lantaya pronounced 25 dead and 15 injured. Compostela Valley Provincial Gov. Arturo T. Uy aired the same data in his interview with national television networks.

The identified injured victims now admitted at the Davao Regional Hospital are Jimboy Andao , 24 years old of Marapat, Monkayo; Melvin Cuadrado, 19 f San Isidro, Davao Oriental; Clark Casera, 22 of Durian, Monkayo, Comval; Ronald Rey Sanchez, 22 of Poblacion, New Corella, Davao del Norte; Edgardo Cacho of Mangga, Tagum City; Lencio Baclayon, 40, of Pob. Mawab, Comval; Moito Recana, 44, of General Santos City; Arnel Nicolas, 30, of Mangga Tagum City.

One unconscious patient remains unidentified.

Provincial Information Officer Fe Maestre said 11 dead were being transported from the landslide site, three hours away from Poblacion Pantukan.

Retrieval operation is on-going with the assistance of the Philippine National Red Cross, the Provincial DRRMC Rescue Team, the 71st Infantry Battalion, groups of small scale miners and the Philippine National Police.

Lantaya refused to confirm the number of missing persons pending a thorough data gathering.

“We are still trying to locate the purok leader who knows exactly the number of households,” he said.

Lantaya said the number could be lesser than what was reported earlier because many of the residents in the area were able to move out as they noticed ground movement at about 12 midnight before the landslide took place at 3:00 a.m. (PIA-11/jeanevive d. abangan)

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