Retrieval operations end at Itogon landslide site

BAGUIO, Philippines – After two weeks, retrieval operations for landslide victims ended in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet, late Sunday afternoon, September 30.

All of the missing were accounted for on Sunday, after the retrieval of two more unidentified bodies at Portal 07 in Barangay Ucab.

A total of 94 people have now been confirmed dead in the municipality of Itogon, after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) triggered deadly landslides. The fatalities came from 6 barangays: Ucab – 68; Loacan – 18;  Poblacion – 4; Ampucao – 2; Dalupirip – 1; Virac – 1.

In the entire province of Benguet, the number of fatalities has reached 100. There are still six missing in the barangays of Loacan and Virac.

There are also still two missing in Barangay GuisadSurong in Baguio City.

In the whole Cordillera Administrative Region, there are now 120 dead. Aside from the 100 fatalities in Benguet, 13 died in Baguio City; 6 in Bontoc, Mountain Province; and 1 in Pasil, Kalinga. –