Itogon, Benguet – At least 34 people died, seven other reported injured, and five individuals are still missing after a series of landslides triggered by the onslaught of super typhoon Ompong in the different parts of the municipality.
Mayor Victorio Palangdan said the fatalities are expected to increase because of an ongoing search and rescue operation in a bunkhouse that was buried by a landslide at Barangay Ucab. The bankhouse was converted to a chapel.
31 of the fatalities were already identified, with the remaining still unidentified.
20 of the fatalities were recovered from various sitios in Loacan.
By Dexter A. See