Hopes fade for sur­vivors in land­slide-hit DPWH build­ing

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MANILA – It will take more than a mir­a­cle to pull out an­other sur­vivor from mounds of rock and soil that buried a Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways (DPWH) build­ing in Na­tonin, Moun­tain Prov­ince, its mayor said yes­ter­day, No­vem­ber 4.

A wall of mud slammed into the DPWH build­ing that was still un­der con­struc­tion on Tues­day af­ter­noon, Oc­to­ber 30, as typhoon "Rosita" mauled large swaths of Lu­zon with fierce winds and heavy rains.

A lone sur­vivor from the land­slide was res­cued back in first day of search op­er­a­tions, said Na­tonin Mayor Ma­teo Chiyawan.

"It's more on re­trieval al­ready... Of­fen­sive na ang amoy gal­ing sa ground zero. It's be­yond mir­a­cle na for any sur­vivors," he told ANC.

(The odor at the ground zero is al­ready of­fen­sive. It's be­yond mir­a­cle now for any sur­vivor.)

Sev­en­teen bod­ies have been pulled from the land­slide, while 13 re­main miss­ing, said Chiyawan.

Gi­ant boul­ders were still pressed on top of the DPWH build­ing, ham­per­ing search op­er­a­tions, pro­vin­cial dis­as­ter of­fice head Ed­ward Chu­mawar, Jr. told DZMM.

"Iyun ay kailan­gan pasabu­gin, du­ru­gin muna para ma-pen­e­trate iyung ibang ar­eas," he said.

(These need to be blasted away and crushed so other ar­eas can be pen­e­trated.)

State ge­ol­o­gists, how­ever, ad­vised against us­ing ex­plo­sives to crush the boul­ders as this may trig­ger fresh land­slides, Chiyawan said.

A fresh batch of res­cuers will be sent to the land­slide area, he said.

The Mines and Geo­sciences Bureau, he added, is also ex­am­in­ing the safety of a re­lo­ca­tion area where Na­tonin's land­slide­hit res­i­dents would be moved.

"Rosita" also un­leashed deadly land­slides in Ifu­gao and Kalinga prov­inces last week and forced tens of thou­sands to flee their homes.

(Na­tonin PNP via Dave Le­prozo)

A sur­vivor on Thurs­day, No­vem­ber 1, is led out by res­cuers from the col­lapsed DPWH build­ing which was buried by a land­slide at the height of Typhoon "Rosita" on Oc­to­ber 30. Around 13 other peo­ple are still be­lieved to be trapped in the de­bris and mud.

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