Young mother, baby die in ‘Pablo’ tragedy

Karlos Manlupig
(UPDATED) A landslide triggered by 'Pablo' buries the house of 3 victims, including a 20-year-old mother and her 11-month-old baby

PABLO'S BRUNT. A landslide triggered by Pablo kills at least 3, including a mother and her baby. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

COMPOSTELA VALLEY, Philippines (UPDATED) – Three people, including a young mother and her baby, died after Typhoon Pablo smashed through Compostela Valley on Tuesday, December 4.

Valentin Pabillana, stepfather of two of the victims, said a landslide buried their house in Sitio Calupugon, Barangay Maparat in the town of Compostela at around 9 am. Compostela is one of the towns in the province of Compostela Valley.

The victims were identified as Nelia Francesciti, 20 years old; her 11-month-old son Budoy; and her sister Rosi, 12 years old. 

“When the landslide happened, all that we can do was to save ourselves,” Pabillana said. 

The victims’ bodies presently lie at the village basketball court. “No one came, not even the government. We are planning to bury them in a few hours because the bodies would start to smell,” Pabillana added. (More images from Compostela Valley below)

TYPHOON VICTIMS. Compostela residents salvage their belongings amid Pablo's onslaught. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

DAMAGED HOUSES. Packing winds of up to 175 km/h when it made landfall, Typhoon Pablo destroys houses and other structures in its path. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

RESIDENTS HIT. Over 50,000 flee their homes due to Typhoon Pablo. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

Based on the latest NDRRMC report, Pablo has affected at least 57,501 persons in the Visayas and Mindanao. Of this number, 53,441 have trooped to evacuation centers. 

There is no evacuation center in Compostela Valley, the site of the landslide, according to the NDRRMC’s 12 nn update.

DISPLACED REIDENTS. In Compostela Valley, Rappler meets a community seeking refuge in a classroom. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

Disaster officials said the typhoon, nonetheless, has affected at least 105 persons in Compostela Valley. In its 11 am report, the state weather bureau placed the province under Storm Warning Signal No 2, which means Pablo is battering it with winds of 61 to 100 km/h. – Rappler.com