Kennon Road closed due to landslides

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 29 2017 10:48 AM | Updated as of Jul 29 2017 06:00 PM

Bulldozers clear a section of the road near Bakun in Benguet. Bakun Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council

(UPDATE) Travelers going to Baguio City should avoid Kennon Road and take Marcos Highway instead as heavy rains brought by Typhoon Gorio and the southwest monsoon (habagat) have triggered landslides, blocking road sections.

"Dito sa ating Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), kung saan tayo ay nakapagtala ng ilang road sections na naka-experience ng mga landslides, minabuti na ng [pamahalaan] na ipasara muna ang Kennon Road… Marcos Highway muna ang daan natin," National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRM) spokesperson Mina Marasigan told DZMM Saturday morning.

(Some road sections experienced landslides, so the government has decided to close Kennon Road…motorists should take Marcos Highway instead.)

The Abra-Kalinga Road, Abra-Cervantes Road, Baay Bridge, Manicbel Bridge, Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road, Ambuklao Road, and Acop-Kapangan-Kibungan-Bakun Road have also been closed since Friday.

According to local officials, only one lane is passable in the Shilan-Beckel, Tawang-Ambiong, and La Trinidad and Santo Tomas roads in Baguio City.

Mountain climbing and trekking activities on Mount Pulag and Mount Purgatory have also been suspended, Marasigan said.

In Acupan, Itogon, Benguet, 5,000 residents were affected by a mudslide, which also prevented vehicles from passing a damaged bridge.

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan said the residents were assisted to safety.

Meanwhile, Marasigan said 183 families were evacuated from their homes in the cities of Malabon and Valenzuela in Metro Manila due to flooding. As of Saturday morning, they were staying in eight different evacuation centers.

As of this writing, there have not been any reports of casualties due to heavy rains brought by typhoon Gorio and habagat in the country. --with reports from Micaella Ilao, ABS-CBN News