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At least 20 dead in Cordillera due to onslaught of Typhoon Ompong

Situation in La Trinidad., Benguet during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Photo courtesy of Dhaye Mendoza)

At least 20 people have perished in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) due to the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong as of Sunday, September 16.

C/Supt. Rolando Nana, director of the Police Regional Office – CAR, confirmed that six individuals have died in Baguio, seven in Benguet, and one in Kalinga.

The Disaster Operations Center of the Bontoc Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council have also confirmed that six family members died due to a mudslide in Brgy. Alab Oriente in Bontoc, Mountain Province.

11 individuals also got injured due to the aforementioned mudslide on Saturday, September 15.

Authorities identified the fatalities as Rolando Baggay, 68 years old; Nina Baggay, 68 years old; Lanie Beth Minimo Baggay, 36 years old; Darwin Minimo, 37 years old; Kierstinx Mae Minimo, 13 years old; and Clyde Minimo, 4 years old.

Operatives recovered the bodies after a search-and-rescue operation that started about 5:09PM, Saturday, and lasted until 2:00AM, Sunday.

Two members of the Minimo family: Glenda Leine, 14 years old; and Daren Lee, 11 years old, survived after being trapped inside their home that got buried during the mudslide.

Both minors have been rushed to the hospital and are currently undergoing treatment.

In Baguio, authorities have identified the six fatalities: Meriam Behis, 58 years old; Shaina Pascua, 19 years old; Grace Ganabe, 45 years old; Cynthia Ballingan, 17 years old; Lovely Bulakit, 11 years old; and Jessica Glenuar, 18 years old.

Four casualties of two landslides in Benguet have also been identified as Hyacinth Jacquino, Silvestre Mojica, Luke Mojica, and Christina Mojica – Garcia.

In Tabuk City, Kalinga, James Bitao, 52 years old, also passed away after suffering from a head injury.

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