The Phil Army during their search and rescue operations in Kananga landslide. Photo courtesy of 8ID
The Phil Army during their search and rescue operations in Kananga landslide. Photo courtesy of 8ID
TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines-Another four cadavers were retrieved Wednesday afternoon by search and rescue team at EDC Complex in Kananga, Leyte landslide site, bringing the number of fatalities to twelve.

Kananga Mayor identified the four as Danilo Mabute of Barangay Montebello; Salvados Lascanas Jr. of Barangay Montebello; Romeo Yazar of Barangay Lim-ao; and Alfredo Arabis of Barangay Lim-ao, all from the said town.

Only two workers remain missing, the mayor said.

Officials from the concerned construction company First Dalfour and Energy Development Corporation maintained they’re on top of the situation, and that they will not stop the retrieval operations until the last missing worker is found.

The retrieval operations is hampered by the weather condition in the area, otherwise, a 24 hour operations is enforced, officials said.

The Department of Energy had sent personnel for fact-finding mission in the landslide area.

Local officials and kin of the victims also thanked army personnel from the 19th Infantry Battalion of 8th Infantry Division after rescuing 17 workers and retrieved six dead bodies during the landslide.

“I highly commend the troops of 19th Infantry Battalion headed by Lt. Col. Joel Alejandro S. Nacnac for your invaluable efforts in saving 17 workers of First Balfour Corporation from a landslide at EDC Complex last March 1. Your dauntless efforts saved the lives of these workers,” Maj. Gen. Gerardo T. Layug, commander of 8ID said.