Storms ‘Chedeng,’ ‘Dodong’ Kill 3 in Cordillera

Typhoons “Chedeng” and “Dodong” claimed three lives and caused landslides affecting residents in several communities in the Cordillera.

Northern Dispatch
Posted by Bulatlat
Vol. VII, No. 27, August 12-18, 2007

BAGUIO CITY (246 kms. north of Manila) – Typhoons “Chedeng” and “Dodong” claimed three lives and caused landslides affecting residents in several communities in the Cordillera.

The latest casualty, 17-year-old Remedios Mamaradlo was accidentally hit by a galvanized iron sheet that went astray after strong winds hit the city at around 8:00 P.M. Aug. 9 in Barangay (village) Camp 8, Kennon Road in Baguio City.

Minutes after midnight Aug. 7, nine-year-old Reniel Renon died at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center after his rescuers found him buried in a landslide at Purok Ayala-A Slaughter Compound, Brgy. Sto. Niño also in Baguio City.

Meanwhile, on Aug. 8, authorities found the body of Abra farmer Leonardo Sagudang, 35, along a tributary of the Abra River at Liagan, Manabo Wednesday afternoon. Sagudang was earlier reported missing.

Engr. Jojo Valera of the Office of Civil Defense-Cordillera Administrative Region (OCD-CAR) said Sagudang, a resident of Ampalioc Proper, Luba went fishing alone at Raing, a tributary of the Abra River in Luba on Aug. 6.

Aside from the deaths, a huge landslide several days ago that ate up the road leading to Brgy. Loacan in Itogon, Benguet where around 400 families are in danger of getting isolated still poses the biggest problem so far for Benguet authorities. At least 10 houses in Loacan were partially damaged and one house totally destroyed due to the said landslide, according to the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC)-CAR reports.

Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan said that the huge landslide prompted the provincial government to make another access road for the villagers. Authorities said the landslide, further triggered by the rains, was caused by cracks in an abandoned mining site of the Benguet Corporation.

Landslides along Cordillera highways were also reported. Kennon Road has been closed to traffic since the morning of Aug. 9 due to slides. Halsema Highway (Baguio-Bontoc Road) is in an “open-close” situation, while some secondary roads in Kalinga were closed. All roads in Abra, Apayao, Ifugao accordingly are still open to traffic.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (MGB-DENR) has earlier warned of landslides as it cited less than a hundred landslide-prone areas in this mountain region. MGB also earlier cited geo-hazard areas in the Cordillera that pose dangers during heavy rains or geologic movements.

Fongwan further said he could not ascertain yet if the rains adversely affected the vegetable industry of Benguet. He claimed there would only be disastrous effects on newly planted vegetables.

As of now, the governor said, “vegetables are on their different stages, so the rains would do minimal damage, although there would still be damages for some.”

The RDCC has not received reports on agricultural damages from the six provinces in the Cordillera except from Benguet and Baguio City. Northern Dispatch/Posted by Bulatlat

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