Rescuers have reportedly found six dead individuals inside the collapsed three-storey building of Southern Trade Commercial building in Padada, Davao del Sur.

Only two of the six bodies have been retrieved so far as of this writing.

Authorities however clarified that as of 9:00am today, December 16, four are confirmed dead in the entire province of Davao del Sur.

Provincial Information Officer Hiru Gustavo Undalok said that from the report of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO), the first body was retrieved at about 2:00am today, and the other one was recovered around 8:00am.

He added that the search and retrieval operation continues in Padada.

The first death reported yesterday was that of a six-year old girl identified as Cherbelchen Imgador of Brgy. Asinan in Matanao.

As of yesterday evening, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 11 (MGB-11) reported one dead from Hagonoy town.

Rescuers have started rescue effort Sunday evening amidst darkness and rains. The rescue effort continued overnight only to be intermittently interrupted by the aftershocks. 

(PHOTO FROM DXRP-RADYO PILIPINAS 1 DAVAO/ SHEILA LISONDRA)

Rescuers from Davao City’s 911 Central brought with them life detector device that reportedly detected possible five more living individuals still trapped in the collapse building.

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