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Typhoon Ompong - 100 miners feared buried in a landslide at Itogon, Benguet - Report

Mining News - Published on Tue, 18 Sep 2018

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Philstar reported that nearly 100 people are feared dead in a landslide that buried a mining shelter in Itogon, Benguet during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong. Itogon Mayor Mr Victorio Palangdan said the small-scale miners were trapped in a bunkhouse buried by a landslide. Along the path of devastation left by Ompong (international name Mangkhut), officials said at least 56 people were confirmed killed mostly in landslides in mountain areas. Earlier, two rescue workers died in a landslide in Itogon while trying to retrieve several people buried in the mud.

Mr Palangdan said that rescue workers retrieved as many as 30 dead from the mining bunkhouse. He said most of the dead were retrieved from the bunkhouse used by the former Benguet Corp., located outside the mining tunnel just below the mountain slopes.

He said that “There were people trapped inside the privately owned bunkhouse that was buried by the landslide. We fear they might be dead.”

Benguet provincial police chief Senior Supt. Lyndon Mencio added they have recovered four bodies from the site. “We’re on top of the building that was buried. There seems to be no sign of life. We already recovered four bodies in the area,” Mencio.

Presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino, designated as a “conduit” to coordinate government rescue and relief efforts, earlier said 20 of the fatalities were in the Cordillera region and four from Nueva Vizcaya.

The Cagayan police said that a 74-year-old farmer died of exposure after his hut was torn apart by strong winds in the remote town of Peñablanca. In Ilocos Sur, another person died after he was hit by a falling tree.

Mr Tolentino said that the tally reflected the situation at 9 a.m., adding that reports from other areas of northern Luzon hit by Ompong on Saturday were still coming in.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 18 Sep 2018
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