At least 12 people were killed when a portion of the mountain collapsed and buried some 20 houses in the Naga City, Cebu, Philippines, early Thursday. Eight other people were reported injured while 64 others remain missing, authorities said. The houses buried under mounds of rocks and soil are located near a quarry site. “Even four-story houses are buried,” said a witness. Residents there were advised to evacuate from the area about 2 weeks ago after fissures were spotted in the ground. Rescuers from all over the province were deployed to the area.
Teams from the Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation and the local government units of Argao, Cebu City, Mignlanilla and Mandaue are already at the landslide site. According to the Cebu provincial government, heavy equipment has also been ordered deployed to the area affected by the landslide. Food will also be provided to evacuees and survivors by the province’s Social Welfare and Development Office. Civil defence officials in the region said landslides are fairly rare on Cebu. Rains have lashed Cebu since typhoon Ompong’s onslaught last weekend. More than 300 families were evacuated following the landslide.