Body of woman buried in landslide in Davao de Oro town retrieved

Published March 2, 2021, 4:51 PM

by Zea Capistrano

DAVAO CITY – The body of 70-year-old Rizalda Matambonoy was found buried in the mud after a landslide occurred in Purok 22, Barangay Mt. Diwata, a gold rush site in the municipality of Monkayo in Davao de Oro province on Tuesday, Mar. 2.

In the latest video posted by the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (BDRRMC) of Mt. Diwata, the responders used an excavator to retrieve the body of Matambonoy.

Residents in the village were shocked seeing mud and rocks rushing down the slope Monday afternoon.

The BDRRMC said two other persons identified as Rico Gonzales and Maricel Edullantes were injured.

It said four houses were totally damaged, while two houses were partially damaged. It added that there were a total of 10 affected households with 36 individuals.

The estimated cost of damage due to the landslide incident is P1.7 million.