Landslide kills 2 in Mankayan, Benguet

October 7, 2009 11:23 pm 

BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 8 — Landslide in Barangay Poblacion Mankayan, Benguet at 3 a.m. Thursday buried a residential house killing two of the occupants and injuring two others, according to a report which reached the Office of the Civil Defense here.

OCD Operations Section Chief Alexander Uy identified the fatalities as Jolina Astudillo, three years old, and her brother Kennedy Fagsao.

Benguet Provincial Governor Nestor Fongwan ordered dispatched of rescue teams to that area, a gold rich mining town some 40 kilometers north of Baguio City.

In this mountain resort, local disaster coordinating councils evacuated 27 families from the camp lagoon lower rock quarry area due to the rising flood waters in the place.

Uy confirmed that the continuous moderate to heavy rains spawned by tropical storm Pepeng again caused many landslides in the Cordillera region, which resulted in the closure of more access roads.

The OCD warned motorists to be extra careful along Quirino Highway, Kennon Road, and Halsema Highway due to numerous minor landslides and road cuts.

The Ambuklao Dam has again reached a critical level, forcing authorities to open six floodgates. In Binga Dam, one spill gate was open early today.

All classes in all levels in Baguio City, Kalinga, Apayao and Benguet were suspended.

Uy said supply of vegetables cannot reach the trading post in La Trinidad Benguet, resulting in higher prices.

The Apayao River was already swollen as of 8 a.m. Thuesday, forcing some 120 families to evacuate to higher grounds. (PNA) LDV/AAG

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