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Four died and two were rescued after a house containing family of six was carried away by a mudslide in Midsalip town in Zamboanga del Sur on Saturday afternoon, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Sunday.
As a result, the death toll from typhoon “Gener” rose to 46, NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos said.
“I am saddened because we’ve another four fatalities after their house was carried away by a mudslide. There were six in the family but four of them were killed. The bodies of the victims were recovered 15 kilometers away where their house was used to be there,” Ramos said.
Survivors of the mudslide, which took place at around 4:30 p.m., were identified as Soledad Noble Mandao, 46, and her son Jomar, 11. They currently being treated in the hospital for injuries.
Those who died were identified as Miguel, the 46-year-old father of the family; and children Miguel Jr., Mario, 8; and Vilam, 4.
“Wala na si Gener pero itong Habagat tuloy-tuloy pa rin lalo na ang ulan,” Ramo said.
Meanwhile, the forty-sixth fatality was woman whose body was recovered at around 8 a.m. Sunday in Ilocos Sur.
“A search-and-rescue team already recovered her this morning,” Ramos said.
He advised residents living in low-lying areas and landslide-prone areas to remain vigilant as the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned the public of flash floods and landslides particularly in Luzon.
“As of 1 p.m., (there is a reduced) threat of flash floods but possibility of landslides remain in the mountains slopes in the western section of Luzon which experienced moderate to heavy rain due to the southwest monsoon for the past few days,” it said on its Twitter account.