MANILA – Rescue teams have given up hopes of finding survivors among the around 30 people who were still trapped on Wednesday in a building buried by a landslide in the northern Philippine province of Mountain on Luzon island.
Rescue teams have so far found eight bodies, following the landslide that was triggered by typhoon Yutu, which lashed the island on Tuesday, according to the provincial center of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.
Natonin Mayor Mateo Chiyawan told reporters that those who were still missing were being considered dead as there seemed to be no possibility of them having survived.
The building was the headquarters of the Provincial Department of Public Works, where dozens of people had taken refuge from the intense rains and strong winds that had accompanied Yutu, although it was not an official evacuation center.
Most of those missing were workers and engineers supervising ongoing construction work at the building.
In Natonin, another landslide had buried a house, leading to the death of a 40-year-old man.
In Banaue in the Ifugao province, another landslide had caused the death of a 48-year-old man, and three of his children aged eight to 12 years old, the Provincial Center for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management reported.
According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development, more than 53,000 people remain in 780 evacuation centers in different provinces of the island.
Yutu, known locally as Rosita, passed through the country on Tuesday, accompanied by sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour and gusts that reached 230 kph.