MANILA -- (UPDATE) Twenty people died in the Cordillera region, mostly due to landslides, authorities said Sunday, as they accounted for damage wrought by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut).
Seven people died in Benguet, 6 each in Mountain Province and Baguio City, and 1 in Kalinga province, according to a report from Philippine National Police-Cordillera.
Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan also reported 6 casualties in his city in an interview on DZMM. Three others were missing, he said.
The remains of the 6 were pulled from debris in the mountain resort city, he said.
Domogan blamed the landslides on clogged drainage systems, which caused the soil to soften.
"Nag prepare kami pero wala ka magawa sa landslide. Unexpected na mag landslide. Ito yung problema," Domogan told radio DZMM.
(We prepared but you can't do anything during a landslide. The landslides were unexpected, that's the problem.)
Ompong smashed through northern Luzon Saturday, triggering floods and landslides in the area.
In the Cordillera region alone, several roads were impassable due to flooding and landslides, these are: Kennon Road, Marcos Highway, Baguio-Bontoc Road, and Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya.