1 dead, 4 missing in Tacloban landslide


AT LEAST one person was killed while four others went missing after a landslide caused a wall to collapse and bury houses along one of Tacloban City’s major thoroughfares on Saturday night.

Mayor Cristina Romualdez said the mudslide buried several houses along Cong. Artemio Mate Avenue in Quarry district, this city past 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Citing initial reports from rescuers, the mayor said that one is confirmed dead, while four others are still missing, including a village secretary and village watchman.

“This is very unfortunate. After this incident, we immediately evacuated villagers near the landslide area to ensure safety,” Romualdez said in a media interview.

The mayor led the city disaster risk reduction management council in the conduct of search, rescue and retrieval operation.

The regional capital experienced heavy rains on Saturday caused by the tail-end of a cold front, which triggered flooding and landslide.

A chest-deep flood along the national road in the city’s Nula-Tula village has rendered a portion of the highway impassable to all types of vehicles for more than three hours on Saturday night. p: wjg