Two teenage brothers were killed in a landslide that hit a row of makeshift houses of squatter families in Taytay, Rizal.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (NDRRMO) in Taytay identified the fatalities as Justin Pundal , 14, and his brother Jude Pundal, 17.
A forced evacuation of the remaining residents in the landslide-hit area – Hapay na Mangga, barangay Dolores in Taytay, Rizal will be strictly enforced by local authorities.
The landslide happened at around 4 a.m. at the height of heavy rains spawned by tropical depression “Maring.”
The parents of Justin and Jude, with their two other children survived the incident.
“Ito ay nasa tabi ng creek. Mga informal settlers itong nasa bahay. Nasa tabi sila ng creek at natamaan ng landslide at unfortunately merong dalawang magkapatid, isang 14 years old at 17 years old parehong lalaki ang namatay dun sa landslide,” Elmer Espiritu of Taytay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management office said in an interview with DZBB.
Espiritu noted that local officials of Brgy. Dolores had earlier announced that the area be evacuated.
“Kahapon pa ang Brgy. Dolores nagpaikot na sila para sabihan ‘yung mga taong ito pero unfortunately hindi sila lumikas. Ngayon ang sabi ng mayor magkakaroon na ng forced evacuation,” he said.
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