BAGUIO CITY – Three people died and nine others were injured in separate landslide incidents in the city and nearby Itogon because of continuous monsoon rains that have reportedly induced highly susceptible areas early this week.
At around 9 am of July 13, two passengers of a garage van died while five others were injured when a landslide and fallen tress buried their Baguio-bound vehicle and a passenger jeepney along the scenic Kennon Road.
The two fatalities were identified as Marjorie Magsino, 33, who was declared dead on arrival by attending physicians and Teresita De Guzman, 61 from Malasiqui, Pangasinan, expired while undergoing medical treatment at the Baguio General Hospital (BGH).
According to the spot report of the Baguio City Police Office and from the Office of the Civil Defense – Cordillera (OCD-CAR) the other injured victims who suffered multiple injuries who were treated at BGH were Ernesto B. Luis, 48 from La Trinidad, Benguet; Phing A. De Guzman, 40 from Malasiqui, Pangasinan; Mary Jane Lovino, 32 of Virac Itogon; Eugenio Henry, 45 from Urdaneta, Pangasinan and a certain Jun Eric Sumyo, 23 from Urdaneta City, Pangasinan who was rushed to the Saint Louis University Hospital.
The four injured passengers were all discharged after medical treatment according to the latest report of OCD-CAR except for Jun Eric Sumyo.
Meanwhile, personnel from the Department of Public Works and Highways are conducting road clearing operations along Kennon Road particularly from the View deck up to Camp 7. Kennon Road is temporarily closed to ensure safety of other motorists.
The continuous rainfall during the past two weeks brought about by Typhoon Egay and the southwest monsoon or habagat has drenched mountainsides causing it to become prone to landslides. Earlier, the OCD-CAR advised the public to remain vigilant for the possibility of landslides and flashfloods in the region.