PNP: Typhoon Ompong death toll climbs to 66

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(UPDATED) The Philippine National Police says 52 remain missing, nearly all of them in the Cordillera Administrative Region

CASUALTIES. Bodies retrieved from the landslide in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet, on September 16, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The number of people killed by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) climbed to 66 on Monday, September 17, with 54 of the fatalities coming from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Below is the breakdown of the Philippine National Police (PNP):

  • CAR – 54 
  • Cagayan Valley – 8
  • Central Luzon – 2 
  • Ilocos Region – 1 
  • Metro Manila – 1

The PNP said 52 people remain missing while 63 were wounded. Of the 52 missing, 49 are in CAR, which was badly hit by landslides.

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said on Monday that cops from the Special Action Force (SAF) have joined the search and rescue mission in Itogon, Benguet, for victims of landslides. The Philippine Coast Guard is also sending K-9 dogs to the area to help with the search.

Local officials placed devastated areas under a state of calamity after the typhoon affected more than 500,000 people in 7 regions. – with reports from Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler.com