Rescue operations in landslide-struck areas in Negros Oriental hit by a strong earthquake on Monday were suspended yesterday due to continuous rains.In Solonggon, rescuers will be using their noses in looking for landslide survivors. “The stench (from the bodies) is overwhelming,” said Alejandro Somoza, leader of the Negros Oriental Search and Rescue (Norsar).
"They’re saying that the bodies may be at least 12 feet under. The soil is very soft, which makes it very difficult to dig. And because it’s too deep, we need heavy equipment to do this," Capt. Anacito Naz, civil military operations officer of the Philippine Army’s 302nd Brigade said in a telephone interview.
The Philippine National Police put the number of injured at 124 and 73 missing. Monday after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit the CentraVisayas and triggered landslides in Guihulngan City and La Libertad town in Negros Oriental.