The Philippines, being a tropical country and being located in the ring of fire has been a frequent victim of various typhoons all throughout the year. In fact, in the past, there has been many strong typhoons that hit the country and all of these have left an unforgettable mark in its history.
Recently, Typhoon Ompong, another strong typhoon hit several parts of the country. Just a few days after its devastation, an unforeseen disaster happened in Naga, Cebu. At least two small villages on the slope of a limestone hill in Barangays Tinaan and Naalad in the City of Naga were already covered in soil.
In a report by Philstar, as of 9:30 PM of September 20, there has already been a total of 18 people who have been confirmed as fatalities of the said incident. Additionally, 15 more were reported to have suffered from injuries and 57 more residents are also missing.
They were believed to have been buried alive inside 26 houses that were either directly or partially affected by the movement. Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office data showed that 14 houses were directly overwhelmed, with soil covering them up to eight feet deep.
On the other hand, a video that caught the actual incident of the landslide is now circulating on social media. In the said video, it can be seen that there was no heavy rain or strong winds, the soil just instantly fell on its own.
Apparently, this is because the said landslide-stricken area was used as a housing site for employees of APO Land and Quarry Corporation and the areas which have been greatly affected were adjacent to a quarry site allegedly operated by Apo Land.
Meanwhile, Naga City mayor Kristine Chiong said she has issued a cease and desist order against APO’s operation after learning of the soil movement. As far as she knows, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) issued a clearance for the quarry operations and insisted that her government did not fail to warn the people of the dangers of living in the area.
As of writing time, rescue efforts are still ongoing in order to save more victims of the unfortunate incident.