MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The military said rescuers have retrieved the bodies of 27 casualties from the landslide in Pantukan, Compostela Valley.
A report from the Army’s Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) said that of the 27 bodies, 23 have been identified.
Meanwhile, local government authorities will close down mining tunnels in risk areas in Pantukan and demolish all houses there, according to Eastmincom.
In an update sent to reporters, the Army said the local government will also be enforcing a “no habitation” ordinance in the risk areas in the town.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo was in Compostela Valley to begin an investigation into the landslide.
The police and the military will assist the local government in enforcing the orders that were issued on Friday, according to the Army’s report.
Robredo, in a meeting with various groups, also called on the public to provide information on any resident or group found violating the orders. – Rappler.com