Toppled tree kills man, son

Posted at 01/20/2014 7:53 PM

MISAMIS ORIENTAL -- A man and his son were killed when a coconut tree toppled into their house during the onslaught of Tropical Depression Agaton in Salay town, Misamis Oriental on Monday.

The fatalities were identified as Richard and Gerry Bustamante.

According to Bustamante's wife Marilou, she and her family were playing cards when the tree toppled, pinning down Richard and Gerry.

It has been raining in the area for two weeks, and this may have caused the soil to erode, authorities said.

Data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) shows that 9-year-old Reynaldo P. Emata, of M Lower Sihayon, Zone 1, also perished due to drowning.

Landslides

Meantime, nine houses were buried in a landslide in Cagayan de Oro City during the onslaught "Agaton."

Hundreds of residents affected by the typhoon who are now housed in evacuation centers are being assisted by the government.

Residents expressed fear that their homes would be destroyed by landslides brought about by continuous rains.

A landslide also paralyzed travel at the national highway in Barangay Libon, Gingoog City, according to reports.

Classes in pre-school, elementary and some high schools in the city have been suspended.

Data from the PDRRMO show that more than 2,000 residents of Cagayan De Oro have been affected by "Agaton."

More than 400 families or 1,700 individuals have already relocated to safer ground. - Report from Fred Dellava, dzMM