4 killed in Quezon landslide
FOUR people, including an unborn child, were killed after they were buried in a landslide in General Nakar, Quezon last Wednesday.
A Black Hawk helicopter and a Super Huey helicopter backed by army troops from the 80th Infantry Battalion retrieved the fatalities on the slope of Barangay Umiray on Friday.
The victims were identified as Romel Binalao, 49; Sheryl Delos Angeles, 37; Jonathan Delos Angeles, 39; and Dionelyn Datario, 36, who was pregnant.PAF AIR ASSETS RESPOND TO A LANDSLIDE IN QUEZON. PHOTO COURTESY OF PAF
They were transported via two helicopters from Sitio Angelo to Camp Capinpin, Tanay, Rizal for post-mortem examinations before being released to their families.
It was reported that General Nakar was battered by days of torrential rains, forcing a portion of the area where the victims lived to collapse. A search and rescue operation by local responders proved futile.
This prompted local authorities to call for assistance from the Army's 2nd Infantry Division based in Camp Capinpin, which conducted air and ground search, rescue and retrieval operations.
General Nakar Mayor Eliseo R. Ruzol, together with representatives from the Quezon provincial government, condoled with the families of the victims and provided immediate financial assistance.
Meanwhile, the families of the victims expressed their gratitude to the 2nd Infantry Division and LGUs of Gen. Nakar and Tanay for their swift response and support.