Family of seven killed in Tacloban landslide

SEVEN members of a family were killed early Thursday as landslides and flashfloods brought by incessant rains in the past several days hit several villages in Tacloban City and prompted the evacuation of residents in the area.

Latest reports from the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said a couple and five of their children died after landslides buried their house at around 2 a.m. Thursday in Brgy. Cabalawan.

The report identified the fatalities as: Marlon Jordan, 35; his wife Jenette, 36; and their children Mariette, 17; Angelina, 16; John Paul, 13; John Rey, 5; and John Harezh, 4.

The regional director for the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), Pepz Pabilonia said continuous heavy rains for the past several days have resulted to floods that ravaged most of the villages of Tacloban City.

“Practically the whole of Tacloban City is underwater – 100 plus barangays is underwater and the deepest is in the northern barangays where the waters are neck-deep,” Pabilonia told defense reporters in a phone patched briefing at Camp Aguinaldo.

The OCD official added that more than 3,000 persons have already been evacuated by local authorities in different evacuation centers in Tacloban City, but the said figure could rise as they await for reports coming from adjacent towns.

“The other municipalities has no exact figure, what they really want is that they should be rescued and the problem is our [lack] of rescue equipment that’s why they cannot give us data since these are still subject for rescue,” Pabilonia said.

The offcial said with the help of the military, police and other goverment agencies, preemptive evacuations are now being conducted in other adjacent towns in Tacloban City that are in danger of floods and landslides. Anthony Vargas

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