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Ompong death toll in Itogon, Benguet, climbs to 70

Sep 23, 2018 - 11:00 PM

More than 30 people remain missing in the town of Itogon, many of them in the area where a huge landslide struck on September 15

Relatives of victims of the landslide in Lower Gumok grieve and wait for the time that they can view the remains of their kin. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Retrieval operations after Itogon landslides speed up

Sep 23, 2018 - 4:02 PM

The death toll after the Itogon landslides reaches at least 69

LANDMARK. The collapsed soil has turned an entire section of the Itogon mountainside to a void of rock and mud. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

The week in photos: September 15-21, 2018

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:25 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BABY STEPS. People walk on a path covered with sand and debris in the low-lying coastal village of Lei Yue Mun in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 17, 2018. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

LIST: Deadly landslides in the Philippines

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Almost all of these major disasters in the last two decades happened in the midst of heavy rain that loosened the soil in landslide-prone areas

LANDSLIDES. There have been many deadly landslides in the Philippines in recent years. Photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler and Querl Panilag

Typhoon Ompong leaves at least P2.65 billion in school damage

Sep 21, 2018 - 8:38 PM

The Department of Education says about 15 million students are affected nearly a week since Typhoon Ompong hit the Philippines

TOPPLED. Residents of Westside River in Frisco, SJDM, Quezon City were without electricity as heavy winds knock of electrical posts in the area. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Electricity restored in 4 provinces hit by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 21, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Only one power plant in Apayao is down, says Napocor

Photo from Cagayan Provincial Information Office

Duterte urged to declare state of calamity in Typhoon Ompong-hit regions

Sep 21, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Imposition of price ceilings, reprogramming of funds, and access to no-interest loans are some of the effects under a state of calamity

At least 95 dead due to Typhoon Ompong

Sep 21, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Most of the fatalities come from the Cordillera Administrative Region

SEARCH. Police and rescue teams search for individuals buried by the landslide in Ucab, Itogon in Benguet. File photo Jire Carreon/Rappler

Typhoon Ompong death toll rises to 88

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:55 PM

As the search goes on for landslide victims, the number of deaths continues to rise

Day 2 see the continuing efforts of police and rescue teams in their search for the bodies buried by the landslide in Ucab, Itogon in Benguet. September 17, 2018. Photo Jire Carreon/Rappler

Additional P428 million in 2019 budget sought for SUCs after Ompong

Sep 20, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago wants the House committee on appropriations to authorize the additional funds for state universities and colleges damaged by Typhoon Ompong

REHAB ONGOING. Rescue workers clear a road of debris and toppled electric posts caused by Typhoon Ompong in Baggao town, Cagayan on September 15, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

At least 1.4 million affected by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 20, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council says over 50,000 people remain in evacuation centers

EVACUATE. The NDRRMC says over 50,000 people remain in evacuation centers. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Thursday, September 20

Sep 19, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of areas where classes have been suspended for Thursday, September 20

Itogon mayor hopes for 'miracle' in search for missing

Sep 19, 2018 - 8:15 PM

'They declared that we are already in the stage of retrieval, but for me, God only knows who will be dead and who will be alive,' says Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan

SEARCH. Police and rescue teams on Monday, September 17 search for missing persons following a massive landslide in Barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet. File photo  by Jire Carreon/Rappler

After tragic landslide, mayor says Itogon to transition to farming

Sep 19, 2018 - 4:46 PM

Itogon, Benguet Mayor Victorio Palangdan hopes that in 5 years, his town will no longer be dependent on mining

HELP NEEDED. Itogon, Benguet Mayor Victorio Palangdan at the operations and relief center at Barangay Tuding. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Typhoon Ompong leaves nearly 76,000 homes damaged in Cagayan

Sep 19, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Of this number, more than 10,000 homes are completely destroyed

FULLY DAMAGED. A house in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, is wiped out after the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut). Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What to know about Itogon, Benguet

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:06 PM

Itogon, a mining town in Benguet, suffers a massive landslide in the wake of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

Policemen lon September 17, 2017, lead the search and rertrieval operation for missing miners in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet, who may have been buried at a mining shelter during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) over the weekend. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

At least 81 killed by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 19, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Dozens remain missing in the Cordillera Administrative Region, which was heavily affected by landslides

SEARCH AND RESCUE. Rescuers retrieved a body buried from the landslide in the mining town of Itogon, Benguet on September 17, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Over a million now affected by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 19, 2018 - 11:10 AM

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council says 15,577 families or 61,271 persons remain in evacuation centers

AFTERMATH. Workers clear debris from a landslide and fallen posts in Barangay Poksukan, Mines View in Baguio City, brought about by the heavy rains and winds that Typhoon Ompong. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

66 dead, 66 missing in Cordilleras after Typhoon Ompong – CRDRRMC

Sep 18, 2018 - 11:41 PM

Rescuers in Itogon, Benguet are searching for survivors of massive landslides that overran small-scale mining areas and destroyed bunkhouses and, in the worst case scenario, recovering the dead

Cimatu orders 'minahang bayan' review after Itogon tragedy

Sep 18, 2018 - 9:23 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu orders the Mines and Geosciences Bureau to review all minahang bayan applications after the tragic landslide in Itogon, Benguet

IN PHOTOS: The Itogon mining community before and after Ompong

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Typhoon Ompong destroyed the homes of a mining community and left dozens dead or missing

AFTERMATH. Residents of the Itogon, Benguet mining community preferred to seek refuge in their 'bunkhouse'. By the end of the storm, they were gone.

46 bodies recovered from Benguet landslides

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:51 PM

(UPDATED) As of September 19, at least 60 remained missing

RECEOVERED. Rescuers retrieve a body buried from a landslide in the mining town of Itogon, Benguet on September 17, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Agricultural losses from Typhoon Ompong hit P14 billion

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The initial cost of damage is nearly double what Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol estimated would be 'worst-case scenario' losses of about P7.9 billion

NO HARVEST. La Paz rice fields turns into a lake after floods inundate fields. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Typhoon Ompong causes over P400M in damage to universities

Sep 18, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Commission on Higher Education Officer-in-Charge Prospero de Vera III says affected state universities are in the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, and Cordillera Administrative Region

DAMAGE. Heavy damage is seen after strong winds from Typhoon Ompong uprooted trees and destroyed structures. Photo from Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte Media Office

Iglesia ni Cristo donates to Typhoon Ompong survivors

Sep 18, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The Iglesia ni Cristo distributes relief packs to Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) victims, members and nonmembers alike

READY TO HELP. The Iglesia ni Cristo distributes relief goods in La Trinidad, Benguet, to help victims of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut). Photo from Iglesia ni Cristo News and Updates on Facebook

Cagayan farmers on Ompong-hit crops: 'Like losing gamble vs nature'

Sep 18, 2018 - 7:00 PM

'Parang talo na lang sa sugal. Ganoon na lang ang iniisip natin kasi hindi naman natin hawak 'yung panahon,' says 48-year-old farmer Ricardo Rumbaua

Cagayan farmers on typhoon-damaged crops: 'Feels like losing to gambling'. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Typhoon Ompong death toll rises to 74

Sep 18, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Majority of fatalities and the missing are in the Cordillera Administrative Region

LANDSLIDE. 5 bodies recovered from the Portal 070 Lower Gumok landslide in Ucab, Itogon. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Typhoon Ompong affects over 800,000

Sep 18, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Days after Ompong (Mangkhut) left the Philippines, the number of individuals affected by the typhoon continues to climb as reports come in

DESTRUCTION. Fallen trees, branches fill roads and houses are left destroyed in the wake of Typhoon Ompong. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

In Itogon, sister volunteers to dig beneath the soil to look for brother

Sep 18, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Benylyn Gumuwang still believes her brother Harvey will come home alive, even if officials or other miners say he is most likely gone

STILL LOOKING. Benylyn Gumuwang, 45, volunteers to look for her missing brother who is a miner in Itogon, Benguet. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

LIST: Foreign aid for Philippines after Typhoon Ompong

Sep 18, 2018 - 11:17 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Here is a list of countries and international organizations donating to the Philippines after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

TYPHOON OMPONG. Workers clear debris on September 16, 2018, from a landslide after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) in Baguio City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

‘Houses flew’ when Ompong came

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:44 PM

Hundreds of houses and plenty of crops in the farming town of Baggao in Cagayan Valley are lost to Typhoon Ompong. What do locals do? They rebuild and plant again.

Typhoon Ompong leaves at least P2.8 billion in agricultural damage

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:05 PM

The government says around 171,932 farmers have been affected by Ompong (Mangkhut)

CRY ME A RIVER. Samuel Castro was just waiting for Monday. He has nothing to harvest now. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Agta leader from Typhoon Ompong's ground zero walks 6 hours to ask for aid

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Marlon Rosalem walked 6 hours hoping to bring home some help from the local government, as he said relief goods have yet to reach their community

Marlon Rosalem, an Agta leader, talks to municipal social workers to ask for aid for his typhoon-hit community. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Countries send condolences to Philippines after Typhoon Ompong

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:15 PM

(4th UPDATE) Here is a list of countries that have extended their condolences to the Philippines after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

SEARCH OPERATIONS. Policemen on September 17, 2018, lead the search and retrieval operations for missing miners in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet, who may have been buried at a mining shelter during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) over the weekend. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte meets families of Ompong landslide victims

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte distributes financial aid and other types of assistance to 22 families in Benguet

Photo from Malacañang

Filipino farmers risk death to save crop from Ompong

Sep 17, 2018 - 5:37 PM

It's a 'kapit sa patalim' situation for the hardy Filipino farmer

Farmer Josephine Dayag shows us her corn plantation damaged by strong winds in Brgy Lingu, Solana, Cagayan Valley after super typhoon Mangkhut locally named "Ompong," made its landfall in the Northern Philippines, on September 16, 2018. Department of Agriculture says the Super Typhoon may damage 1.22 million hectares of rice and corn. Photo by Richard Atrero de Guzman/Greenpeace

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Tuesday, September 18

Sep 17, 2018 - 3:10 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of areas where classes have been suspended for Tuesday, September 18

PNP SAF joins search mission for victims of Benguet landslides

Sep 17, 2018 - 2:30 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde also says cops will now focus on maintaining law and order in affected areas, and supporting relief and rehabilitation efforts

Policemen lon September 17, 2017, lead the search and rertrieval operation for missing miners in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet, who may have been buried at a mining shelter during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) over the weekend. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Cimatu orders stop to Cordillera small-scale mining after Ompong landslides

Sep 17, 2018 - 1:47 PM

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan appeals to the Environment Secretary not to stop all the operations and to consult local governments and mining stakeholders first

CASUALTY. Rescuers retrieved a body buried by landslides inside a mining bunkhouse in Itogon, Benguet on September 17, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Over 500,000 affected by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 17, 2018 - 12:54 PM

(UPDATED) As of Monday morning, September 17, over 192,000 individuals are in 1,899 evacuation centers

RETRIEVAL OPS. Policemen on September 17, 2018, lead the search and rertrieval operation for missing miners in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet, who may have been buried at a mining shelter during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) over the weekend. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

PNP: Typhoon Ompong death toll climbs to 66

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:42 AM

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

CASUALTIES. Bodies retrived from the landslide in Portal 070 Lower Gumok, Ucab, Itogon on September 16, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Paghuhubad sa pasista

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:05 AM

Nalusaw sa lakas ng ulang pulitikal ang koloreteng nag-anyong maka-masa at maka-batas

IN PHOTOS: Tarlac rice fields turn into a lake

Sep 16, 2018 - 9:03 PM

Farmers are left with nothing to harvest after floods inundate their fields

GONE. Two days ago, this was a rice field with crops scheduled to be harvested next week. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte jokes: Push COA auditor in Ilocos Norte down the stairs

Sep 16, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos complains about the Commission on Audit to President Rodrigo Duterte during their meeting on Typhoon Ompong's effects on the province

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the updates on the aftermath of Typhoon 'Ompong' during a situation briefing with the members of his cabinet and local government officials held at the Provincial Capitol in Laoag, Ilocos Norte on September 16, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Power, communications restoration underway in Ompong-hit Cagayan

Sep 16, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi says power providers and distributors are assessing the damage from Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

Photo from Cagayan Provincial Information Office

NDRRMC sorry for saying 2 Ompong responders died in landslide

Sep 16, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Executive Director Ricardo Jalad says the two responders in the Cordillera Administrative Region, initially reported as dead, were actually accounted for

APOLOGIES. In this file photo, Ricardo Jalad, undersecretary of the Office of Civil Defense, speaks during the AGOS Summit on Disaster Preparednesson July 8, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Airports' status in aftermath of Typhoon Ompong

Sep 16, 2018 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) Here is a look at the condition of airports in typhoon-hit areas

Photo from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Victims who lost houses after Lawin suffer same fate after Ompong

Sep 16, 2018 - 4:32 PM

'I don't know where I will get money to rebuild my house,' says 29-year-old William Quillopo, who again lost his house after Typhoon Ompong

DESTROYED HOUSE. Suzette Caayo shows what is left of her house in Tuguegarao City. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Sea trips resume in parts of Luzon, Visayas

Sep 16, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard gives the go signal after the exit of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

Photo by Mauricio Victa

Areas under state of calamity due to Typhoon Ompong

Sep 16, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Here is a list of areas placed under a state of calamity due to Typhoon Ompong

Workers clear debris from a landslide and fallen posts in Barangay Poksukan, Mines View in Baguio City, brought about by the heavy rains and winds that Typhoon Ompong. Baguio still has no electricity in major parts of the city. September 16, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler