BAGUIO CITY (PNA)–Thirteen people are con-firmed dead while four others were injured in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) due to the effects of typhoon Ineng’s wrath in the region.
Franzes Ivy Carasi, information officer of the Office of Civil Defense–Cordillera Administrative Region (OCD-CAR), on Monday said the casualty and injury count due to “Ineng” were validated on Sunday by the regional office of the Department of Health.
Most of the victims perished in landslides in the various parts of Benguet. Meanwhile, one victim died of drowning in Mountain Province.
Search and rescue operations continue in Sitio Elizabeth, Taneg, Man-kayan, Benguet where small scale miners were trapped when their shan-ties were buried by land-slide on Saturday.
As of Sunday, three bodies were reportedly re-covered from the mine site.
Carasi added that reports received by the OCD-CAR from the De-partment of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)–CAR states that there were 341 families or 1,242 individuals affected by “Ineng” in the Cordillera Region.
Meanwhile, the De-partment of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)–CAR reported that 20 national roads are still closed to vehicular traffic and clearing operations are still going on.
Except for Kennon Road, all major roads to and from Baguio City are open and passable.
However, the agency advised travelers along Halsema Highway to be careful in traversing Km16 Ambassador, Tublay, Ben-guet, for only one of its lane is passable due to a road cut.
Ineng was the strongest typhoon so far to have affected the Cordillera Region this year with its continuous heavy rainfall and strong winds.
The huge amount of rainfall from Ineng from Thursday to Sunday reached 721.6 millimeters. It satu-rated the soil in the pro-vince which contributed to the occurrence of landslides.
At present, local government units and line agencies are yet to assess the effects of the typhoon in their respective areas in order to generate reports on damages and rehabilitation works. (PNA)