Mother dies, 2 minors injured as landslide buries house in Baguio City

BAGUIO CITY — A mother died and two minors were injured when their house was buried by loosened soil after a riprap collapsed in a subdivision in Barangay Kias here on Wednesday afternoon.

In a report submitted to the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Cordillera, Police Chief Inspector Jethro Moog, head of the City Public Safety Battalion (CPSC) of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO), said the incident happened around 3:45 p.m. at Block 34, Lot 14, Pinesville Subdivision.

Killed in the incident was Jemma Mendoza, 38. She was retrieved by barangay officials and brought to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) where she died.

Moog reported that the two minors — one-year-old Nathaniel de Jesus, daughter of Jemma; and Lenary de Jesus, niece of Jemma’s husband, suffered injuries.

Moog said Jemma was pinned-down by a concrete post when rocks and soil buried their house after the riprap on an adjacent property being constructed collapsed.

Jason Wanna, a resident in the area and one of the first responders, thought they heard a thundering noise because of the rain. They saw the house of the victim already destroyed and buried after neighbors started shouting and rushed to the scene.

Heavy rains fell in this city since Monday until the early morning of Tuesday.

Landslides often occur in this city and other provinces of the region due to the mountainous terrain.