24 dead and count­ing

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Jonathan Llanes Sun*Star Re­porter

AT LEAST 24 have al­ready died fol­low­ing the week­long res­cue and re­trieval op­er­a­tions in the dif­fer­ent land­slides which oc­curred in the Cordillera re­gion dur­ing the on­slaught of Ty­phoon Rosita last week.

Aside from the 24 deaths, Cordillera Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Coun­cil have listed 24 in­jured and 17 miss­ing.

Bulk of the re­trieved bod­ies came from Na­tonin in Moun­tain Prov­ince as 16 were buried in a land­slide which col­lapsed the build­ing of the 2nd En­gi­neer­ing District Of­fice of the De­part­ment

of Pub­lic Works and High­ways at Si­tio Hakrang, Barangay Banawel.

Of the 16 re­treived, 14 were al­ready iden­ti­fied namely Ben­ito Lon­gan from Harang, Banawel, Mt. Prov­ince, Joel Arevalo from Bi­col, Jun­jun Laron of Bal­warte, Agoo, La Union, El­berto Cano of San Guil­ermo, Is­abela, Gre­go­rio "Boy­ong" Cas­tro of Baguio City John Tin­makcheg of Na­tonin, Mt. Prov­ince, Juanita Lon­gan of Na­tonin, Mt. Prov­ince, Vir­ginia Catet Malu­cay of Mankayan, Benguet, Jerry Epan of Aguinaldo, Ifu­gao, Rey­mundo Ngilin "Lem­mon" of Aguinaldo, Ifu­gao, Coyo­gan Catet of Ha'rang Banawel, Mt. Prov­ince Renato Ayom of Tabuk City,Kalinga, Gary He­cyawan of Aguinaldo, Ifu­gao and Ro­ge­lio Alubang of Na­tonin, Mt. Prov­ince.

In Ifu­gao, seven were al­ready listed dead while Kalinga has one.

Four­teen are still re­ported miss­ing in Moun­tain Prov­ince, five from Kalinga, four from Ifu­gao and one each from Benguet and Abra.

CDRRMC mean­while re­ported the road from Paracelis to Na­tonin have been opened to traf­fic while the search and re­trieval groups have been di­vided into five sec­tors from Banawel, Na­tonin down­stream to Bananao, Paracelis.

The sec­tors are iden­ti­fied as Ground Zero for Sec­tor 1, Sec­tor 2 at 1km dis­tance from Ground Zero, Sec­tor 3 at 2km dis­tance frm Ground Zero, Sec­tor 4 at Si­tio Tuboy river and Sec­tor 5 at Bananao, Paracelis.

The De­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment Cordillera and the Mu­nic­i­pal So­cial Wel­fare Of­fice

in Na­tonin are con­tin­u­ously con­duct­ing stress de­brief­ing to the sur­vivors and rel­a­tives of ca­su­al­ties, aside from in­ter­view for the fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance(by rel­a­tives),and dis­tri­bu­tion of re­lief goods to all af­fected fam­i­lies of Ty­phoon Rosita.

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