100 miners feared buried – by Raymund Catindig (The Philippine Star – September 17, 2018)


TUGUEGARAO, Cagayan – Nearly 100 people are feared dead in a landslide that buried a mining shelter in Itogon, Benguet during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong on Saturday. Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan said the small-scale miners were trapped in a bunkhouse buried by a landslide.

Along the path of devastation left by Ompong (international name Mangkhut), officials said at least 56 people were confirmed killed mostly in landslides in mountain areas.

Earlier, two rescue workers died in a landslide in Itogon while trying to retrieve several people buried in the mud. Palangdan said rescue workers retrieved as many as 30 dead from the mining bunkhouse.

He said most of the dead were retrieved from the bunkhouse used by the former Benguet Corp., located outside the mining tunnel just below the mountain slopes.

“There were people trapped inside the privately owned bunkhouse that was buried by the landslide. We fear they might be dead,” Palangdan said over dzMM.

For the rest of this article: https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/09/17/1852181/100-miners-feared-buried

Comments are closed.