Some seventy (70) people are feared dead and are yet to be recovered following a landslide that strucked the village of Planas in Guihulngan City, the most affected of all towns and cities in Negros Oriental, according to local officials. This develops as sustained aftershocks are felt in the area as of this posting. NDRRMC meanwhile pegged the official death toll at 26 as of 8am today.
Speaking on ANC yesterday, Mayor Ernesto Reyes of Guihulngan City said that their attempt to rescue possible survivors in the landslide was hampered by unstable conditions and the prevailing risk in these landslide-hit areas due to the sustained aftershocks.
The continued tremble also rendered the towns of La Libertad completely isolated as well as several upland barangays in Jimalalud, Tayasan and Guihulngan. NDRRMC reported,
- Ten (10) bridges in Negros Oriental were impassable due to following damages: collapsed span, damaged approached, collapsed abutment, collapsed center span, twisted bridge, mis-aligned spans and collapsed pier.
- One (1) road in Dumaguete North road was impassable because of cracks and cuts damages.
- Two (2) roads in Badian, Cebu were impassable because of huge rocks fall, landslides and road slip
Water and electric supply in Guihulngan remain down, while communication signal is either down or intermittent in various towns.
Negros Oriental governor Roel Degamo meanwhile requested for Navy ships to deliver the needed relief goods and equipment to aid the affected residents who are forced to stay outside of their houses as the aftershocks continue.