Typhoon Lando: Benguet death toll climbs to 14
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The death toll from Typhoon Lando (Koppu) in Benguet province has risen to 14, according to police tallies from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
A day earlier, at least 5 people were reported killed due to the landslides and flash floods triggered by the typhoon, which devastated large swathes of northern and central Luzon over the weekend.
But the official tally from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Wednesday, October 21, which put the death toll from affected regions at 35, only listed 11 from Benguet.
Most of the casualties in the province came from La Trinidad:
- Jimmy Naag
- Jonathan Cabading
- Victorino Esla
- Ronnie Lestino
- Alma Lestino
- Katelyn Lestino
- Ronieson Lestino
The entire Lestino family in Sitio Balubas in Shilan, La Trinidad were killed when their house was swept by landslide early Tuesday.
Killed were parents Ronnie, 25, and Alma, 23, and their children Kathleen, 4, and Ronnielson, 2. Alma was about to give birth next month.
In the municipality of Kapangan, two were reported killed: Fred Gabino, 45, and Agustina Gabino, 32.
The two were recovered after they were buried in a landslide in Barangay Sadang Barangay last October 20.
One fatality was recorded each in the municipalities of Bakun, Buguias, and Itogon.
The bodies of Virginia Quilang Panganiban, 36, and Perla Besoy, 18, were found Wednesday at Sison, Pangasinan.
Panganiban and Besoy were in their house in Twin Peaks near Kennon Road when it fell down the Bued River at the height of the typhoon.
Still missing are Panganiban’s son, Khalid, Deborah Besoy and Ramon Tumapang.
Meanwhile, 13 people were injured due to the typhoon. La Trinidad again records the highest number, with 9 reported wounded:
- Emilia Codiaman Naag
- Yvonne Naag Angway
- Mercy Grace Naag Angway
- Hannah Palcong Angway
- Arwin Palcong Angway
- PO1 Benido Bacquian Magan Jr
- Mylene Soriano
- Chriatian Soriano
- Eljenny Codiaman
Four other injured individuals were reported in the municipality of Itogon: Manuel Pacusan Ojas, Kenard Lukas, Ricardo Palay Wayaway, and Glen Tinongdan.
Meanwhile, 6 have been reported missing.
A report from the Office of Civil Defense - Cordillera showed that 11 houses in Benguet were totally damaged while 5 were partially damaged.
Flash floods were reported in barangays Pico, Puguis, Wangal and Buyagan, La Trinidad, Benguet.
A series of landslides happened at barangays Cruz, Ambiong, Alapang and Longlong, Camp Bado Dangwa, Tawang, La Trinidad, Benguet. – Rappler.com