Cordillera suffers devastation from typhoon Ompong

Published September 16, 2018, 3:41 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Francis Wakefield

The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC) said a total of 20 people were killed, 20 were injured and 13 remained missing in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) due to super typhoon “Ompong”.

SEARCH AND RESCUE – Rescuers retrieve one of the bodies that were trapped in a multiple site muslide in Baguio City, Sunday. Currently there are retrieval operation along PMA-Loacoan Road in Baguio City. – JJ Landingin
SEARCH AND RESCUE – Rescuers retrieve one of the bodies that were trapped in a multiple site mudslide in Baguio City, Sunday. Currently, there are retrieval operations along PMA-Loacoan Road in Baguio City. (JJ Landingin/MANILA BULLETIN)

In its latest bulletin issued on Sunday, the CRDRRMC also said that 3,112 families or 12,113 persons were displaced in the provinces of Abra, Benguet, Apayao, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mt. Province and Baguio City.

A total of 5,874 families or 22,233 persons in the Provinces of Abra, Benguet, Apayao, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mt. Province and Baguio City.

It added that a total of 81 landslides and rock slide incidents, 13 flooding incidents, two sinking area incidents, three road slips/road washouts, seven fallen trees and vegetation were reported in CAR.

The CRDRRMC added that 112 road sections and one bridge in the Cordillera Region are currently closed to traffic due to road slips, road collapses, landslides, mudslides, debris flow, rockslides and falling trees.

At present. 99 percent of Benguet and Baguio City have experienced power interruption while 100 percent of the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mt. Province experienced power interruption during the impact of Ompong from Friday to Saturday (September 14 to 15, 2018).

Power in some areas in Baguio City and Benguet have already been restored as of Sunday (September 16, 2018).

The CRDRRMC also said that it has so far recorded 58 damaged houses in Benguet. Baguio City, and Kalinga. Of the figure, 29 are partially damaged and 29 totally damaged.

Typhoon Ompong continues to move west-northwest towards Southern China and out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility, but still continues to enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat) which will bring occasional gusty winds and scattered light to moderate rains over the Western provinces of Northern and Central Luzon.

 
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