Landslide buried 7 Houses including that of the Bulans

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Entrance and main road to GuinsoronganLandslide at Compostela Valley, Mindanao, April 22, 2011
Entrance and main road to Guinsorongan
Entrance and main road to Guinsorongan
Landslide at Compostela Valley, Mindanao, April 22, 2011
Landslide at Compostela Valley, Mindanao, April 22, 2011

Killer landslides

NATURE’s wrath happens any time. It doesn’t respect anybody regardless of our station in life.

On Friday, October 22, 2011, a killer landslide of mud and boulders struck with all its might the slumbering village of Guinsorongan, Catbalogan City, Samar. Like a thief in the night, the landslide caught the residents with pants down while they enjoy their night’s rest. It was 3:30 in the morning.

Roused by rocks pelting rooftops

Survivors recounted their nightmares. While asleep, they said, they felt rocks pelting their rooftops and walls and their houses seemed moving. Telling their experiences to the Office of Civil Defense representative Cherlyn Lubang the following day, they said they were awakened by an eerie uproar and get up to investigate. Now aware of the calamity, they roused everybody from slumber and ran out of their houses to safety.

7 houses buried by landslide

Located at the foot of a hill, 7 houses were hit directly and buried in mud and boulders by the landslide, triggered by a portion of the hill which gave way as mounds of earth and boulders cascaded down burying the houses below. As a result 7 families of 42 individuals were rendered homeless.

Rains without letup

The night the calamity occurred was a fine one. There was not a single drop of rain. However, Social Welfare Offcer Nida Aroza said the landslide could have been caused by incessant rains since Wednesday that may have loosened the soil.

Rescuers dug up the remains of the Bulans

One of the 7 houses buried in the debris of mud and big stones was owned by the Bulans family. All 4 members of the family who were asleep that time were buried dead with their hut. Maricel, 30, the mother of the family, was alleged to have escape the disaster but went back inside the house having remembered her 3 sleeping kids- Carlo, Jr. 6, Carla, 4, and Mary Carl, 2.. But they were unlucky. The major portion of the raging landslide caught and buried their house and all. It was a pity sight to see their bodies- limp, lifeless and bathe in mud when rescuers dug them up. The family was survived by their father Carlo who was fortunately out in Matuguinao, Samar working as clerk.

Burial expenses shoulder by the city government

The expenses for the burial of the hapless victims were borne by the city government said Aroza. Four families were temporarily sheltered in the 2-storey barangay hall while the rest prefer to live with their relatives.

Lesson

LESSON: Mountains and hilly places denuded of trees and vegetation are subject to landslides. Huts located at the foot of hills are unsafe to live in. Living in shacks built along lakes and rivers are in constant danger of being carried by flood. Lives are precious; don’t gamble them.

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