Just when the Province of Bukidnon launched the Provincial Disaster Preparedness Month, a tragedy strikes in Valencia in the form of a landslide. This is the report from Manila Bulletin
“Six persons were confirmed dead upon retrieval of their bodies from the landslide site in the locality of Lumbayao in Valencia City, Bukidnon.
Heavy rains prompted several landslides to occur in Southern Bukidnon Province Monday morning around 7:00 a.m., covering portions of a mountainside highway which resulted to blockage of the road ,hence, forcing motorists to walk.
Reports say that most of the victims were either walking or were on commercial motorcycles along the mud-spattered highway near Valencia City when the landslide struck, burying the victims.
As of this writing, 3 casualties have been identified , at least 11 people are still missing and there is no certainty whether or not there are more people buried in the mud. The government troops are still hollowing out the landslide spot and the search and rescue operation will carry on the next few hours today.
Meanwhile, Bukidnon Gov. Alex Calingasan believes it is impossible for the missing persons to survive because the landslides hit the national road itself, burying the victims alive .”