Death toll in Itogon, Benguet, now at 69
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The death toll in Itogon, Benguet, has climbed to 69, Cordillera regional police said on Saturday, September 22.
Chief Superintendent Rolando Nana said in an update sent to reporters that of the total number of fatalities in Itogon town due to Typhoon Ompong, 44 were from Barangay Ucab. The latest figures were as of Saturday, 8:30 pm.
Authorities said 41 of the 44 deaths in Barangay Ucab are due to the landslide, and the rest are from other causes.
Strong winds and rains brought by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) triggered landslides in Itogon. In Barangay Ucab, a landslide buried a miners’ bunkhouse in the town on Saturday morning, September 15. (READ: LIST: Deadly landslides in the Philippines)
On Friday, September 21, the Department of National Defense's Office of Civil Defense (OCD), scaled down the number of people allowed on the site to just 30 rescuers, due to concerns over another possible landslide because of continued rains in the area.
Two backhoes were supposed to be in the area to augment the search opeations. – With a report from Rambo Talabong/Rappler.com
Read more stories from Rappler's coverage of the Itogon landslide:
- In Itogon, sister volunteers to dig beneath the soil to look for brother
- IN PHOTOS: The Itogon mining community before and after Ompong
- Why mine despite landslide scare? 'Doon lang kami umaasa'
- FAST FACTS: What to know about Itogon, Benguet
- Itogon women trek a mountain to feed families as men dig for missing
- After tragic landslide, mayor says Itogon to transition to farming
- Rescuers of Itogon: No surrender until all bodies found
- Itogon tragedy: Disaster response gone wrong