2018 Naga, Cebu landslide

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2018 Naga, Cebu landslide
Date September 20, 2018 (2018-09-20)
Location Naga, Cebu, Philippines
Deaths 78[1]
Non-fatal injuries 18[2]
Missing 5

On September 20, 2018, a landslide caused by heavy rainfall in Naga, Cebu, Philippines, killed 78 people. Five others are missing.[3] This is the second deadly landslide to occur in the country in five days; the first occurred in Itogon, Benguet, in September 15, triggered by Typhoon Mangkhut ("Ompong"), leaving at least 35 dead.[4]

Prior to the landslide[edit]

According to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), the area had long been identified as landslide-prone.[5] Prior to the landslide, the MGB discovered the cracks in the mountain on August 28.[6] On August 29, the letter from MGB addressed to the Naga Mayor Kristine Chiong said that the cracks "do not pose an imminent danger to the neighboring community".[7] This prompts Chiong to order the mining operator, Apo Land and Quarry Corporation (ALQC), to cease all operations of quarrying. The MGB replied to Chiong, saying that, based on her technical report, they "considered decision" to resume the operation. Chiong allowed the operations to resume on September 5 with the conditions given, including the "creation of an evacuation and relocation plan". However, on September 11, the size of the crack increased from a previous 3 mm to 35 mm.[7]


On September 20, 2018, a hillside began to crack and collapse into several homes in Naga City, Cebu, after days of heavy rainfall, killing at least 53,[8] About 50 people were reported to have been trapped.[9] According to the local authorities, at least 24 houses were affected by the landslide.[9] The landslide also covered part of the river, prompting officials to dig a temporary canal.[10] The landslide covered about 80.12 hectares.[11]


The local government issued a state of calamity in the villages of Tinaan, Naalad, Mainit, Pangdan, and Cabungahan.[12] According to a local resident named Cristita Villarba, they heard a rumbling sound coming from the mountain and then the ground shook as if it was like an earthquake.[9] More than 600 families were evacuated from their homes, fearing that the landslide will occur again.[9][13] According to the police chief inspector Roderick Gonzales, they received messages coming from a person who was trapped in the rubble, indicating signs of life.[13] Rescue efforts are ongoing, in which 77 bodies have been recovered. At least 1,500 families have been affected by the landslide. An actual video of the landslide was recorded on CCTV camera.[14]

On the afternoon of September 21, President Rodrigo Duterte visited the landslide victims and he mourned the deaths in the disaster.[15] Duterte also vowed of relocation for the affected residents.[16] The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said that they temporarily suspended all quarrying activities around the country, following the landslide.[17]


  1. ^ Dig for more bodies in Cebu landslide nears end
  2. ^ "Death toll in Naga, Cebu landslide now at 29". Rappler. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  3. ^ Dig for more bodies in Cebu landslide nears end
  4. ^ "35 dead, dozens feared buried in Benguet landslide". CNN Philippines. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  5. ^ "Naga City, Cebu landslide death toll climbs to 29; rescue ongoing for dozens trapped". CNN Philippines. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "Mountain partially collapses; 15 die". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Naga, Cebu landslide: Did authorities ignore signs of danger?". Rappler. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "Cebu landslide death toll climbs to 53". People's Journal. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d "Philippines villages buried by landslide after Typhoon Mangkhut". The Guardian. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  10. ^ "29 bodies dug up at landslide site below limestone quarry". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  11. ^ "Duterte assures support, new houses for Cebu landslide victims". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  12. ^ "Mayor wants Naga, Cebu under state of calamity". Rappler.
  13. ^ a b "Philippines landslide victims 'sent texts from underneath rubble'". BBC News. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  14. ^ Dig for more bodies in Cebu landslide nears end
  15. ^ "Duterte visits Naga City, Cebu landslide victims". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  16. ^ "Relokasyon tiniyak para sa mga biktima ng landslide sa Naga, Cebu". ABS-CBN News (in Tagalog). Retrieved September 22, 2018. Note: Skip to 1:16 for Duterte's statement of relocation.
  17. ^ "DENR temporarily suspends all quarrying activities in PH". CNN Philippines. Retrieved September 21, 2018.

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