BAGUIO (UPDATE) - At least 12 people, including a Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) team, were hit by a landslide in Ifugao province on Thursday after the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.
Authorities retrieved the bodies of 5 DPWH personnel, and rescued one survivor, according to the Office of Civil Defense in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
Seven DPWH workers, who were in the middle of a clearing operation, and 6 others took shelter in a bunk house while waiting for the rain to stop when the incident happened on November 12, around 5 p.m., Office of Civil Defense-CAR Regional Director Albert Mogol said.
"Alam naman natin na trabaho ng DPWH personnel is to conduct road clearing oepration para madaanan po ang national highway. It’s just unfortunate na habang nagte-take shelter sila ay biglang nagkaroon ng massive landslide," he said.
(We know that part of the DPWH's mandate is to conduct road clearing operations to make national highways passable. It’s just unfortunate that while they were taking shelter, a massive landslide happened.)
Officials were still looking for 6 others who may have survived the incident, he said.
Government officials have contacted the families of those affected, and assured them of aid and support, he said.
The victims of the landslide in Ifugao were among the dozens killed after Typhoon Ulysses swept across Luzon earlier this week.
- report from Micaela Ilao