Two bodies were recovered by rescuers two days after these were buried beneath soil and large rocks due to a sudden landslide that engulfed a segment of a quarry site in Barangay Candabong in Anda town.
Station dyRD’s Jun “Alerto” Gutierrez reported that the body of Valerio Galeya was the first to be pulled out at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
The remains were found beside a mini-dump truck also covered by soil and rocks after almost 17 hours of rescue operations which were hampered by rough terrain and a large rock fragment on top of the eroded soil.
An hour after, the body of Ariel Abac was also located and retrieved near the area where Galeya was found.
Authorities earlier confirmed that ten men were working at the quarry during the landslide and two were pinned down by the rocks.
Both bodies were taken to a funeral parlor in Anda and will later be transported to their respective homes.
Meanwhile, town authorities said that they will enforce the quarry site’s closure following the fatal incident.
A previous directive to shut down the quarry was issued but workers were reportedly able to evade detection as they continued operations.
The quarrying reportedly continued in the past weeks although the workers noticed initial signs of erosion in mid-February when Tropical Storm Basyang brought heavy rains to Bohol.
However, the sudden landslide only happened at 4:45 p.m. on Monday burying both Galeya and Abac along with a mini-dump truck.