3 children dead in Benguet landslide, says vice governor

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Posted at Oct 12 2021 08:48 AM | Updated as of Oct 12 2021 05:19 PM

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MANILA (UPDATE) —Three children were reported dead in a landslide in Benguet as severe tropical storm Maring (international name: Kompasu) continued to drench Northern Luzon on Tuesday.

“We just received report na may 3 natabunan mga bata (3 kids were buried in the landslide)— 2 years old, 6 and 8 years old — at may na-injured kakadala lang sa ospital (who were taken to hospital),” Vice-Governor Johnny Waguis told ANC’s “Headstart” without giving any details.

Waguis said the province had given residents sufficient warning, including through text messages and official announcements.

Asked why some residents appeared to have not been informed about the landslides, he said: “Hindi po natin masabi kung saan ang mala-landslide. Sa bahay nila ito.”

(We can’t say where exactly where the landslides will happen. This happened in their house.)

Waguis said rescue operations were ongoing in critical areas and that equipment such as rescue boats were needed.

“Kagaya ng kagabi, malapit nang aabot sa second floor ’yung baha sa La Trinidad. Ilan lang ’yung bangka na nagamit, so at least naman nai-transfer natin ang mga involved residents doon, ’yun po ang nakikita kong isang kailangan para mapadala ’yung mga transpo in case of flooding,” the official said.

(Like last night, floodwater almost reached the second floor of houses in La Trinidad. We can use only a few boats, so at least we were able to transfer some people. That’s one of the things I think we need, so we can send transportation in need of flooding.)

DEBRIS BLOCK BAGUIO CITY ROAD

Meanwhile in Baguio City, fallen rocks, landslide, and uprooted trees blocked parts of Ben Palispis Highway (formerly known as Marcos Highway). Delivery trucks, however, can still pass through.

Inside a mall in the City, staff swept rainwater that drenched parts of the building, including shops.

Three were reportedly missing in a landslide in Baguio City's Barangay Dominican Mirador and one more in Brgy. Tuding in Itogon Benguet.

PAGASA said that heavy to torrential rainfall is likely over Batanes, the northern portion of Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Ilocos Region due to the storm.

It was last estimated 315 kilometers west of Calayan, Cagayan as of 10 a.m., according to the weather bureau.

— ANC, 12 October 2021; with a report from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News