Natonin SAR ends

11 STILL UN­AC­COUNTED

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

AF­TER al­most two weeks of Search and Re­trieval (SAR) in Natonin, Moun­tain Prov­ince, oper­a­tions were ter­mi­nated to­day, Novem­ber 9 ac­cord­ing to Mayor Ma­teo Chiyawan.

Sev­eral groups have been at ground zero where a land­slide oc­curred col­laps­ing the build­ing of the 2nd En­gi­neer­ing Dis­trict Of­fice of the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways Cordillera at Sitio Hakrang, Barangay Banawel, dur­ing the on­slaught of Typhoon Rosita.

“The of­fi­cial ter­miBENGUET

na­tion of SAR oper­a­tions will com­mence this Novem­ber 9. Yes­ter­day, half of those en­gage in res­cue and re­trieval have left con­sist­ing of those com­ing from the army and Philip­pine na­tional po­lice while those who are left con­sists of vol­un­teers. Other vol­un­teers com­ing from the neigh­bor­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties who have miss­ing per­sons like Be­sao, Moun­tain Prov­ince and Aguinaldo and May­oyao in Ifu­gao,” Chiyawan said in a ra­dio in­ter­view.

At least 18 have al­ready been re­trieved from the land­slide, two are still uniden­ti­fied and 11 re­main miss­ing be­lieved to have been swept by rag­ing wa­ter by the rivers.

“On my part upon our anal­y­sis, there are around 70 to 80 per­cent ten­dency that some of the miss­ing may have been swept away by the cur­rent along the river be­cause most of the miss­ing were be­lieved to have been seen from the top of the build­ing. Of the seven who were at the main build­ing, only one in­di­vid­ual who is a barangay sec­re­tary of Banawel is yet to be re­trieved,” Chiyawan stated.

The search and re­trieval oper­a­tions will how­ever con­tinue with vol­un­teers com­ing from the var­i­ous mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

Chiyawan added a rit­ual will be con­ducted at ground zero which is part of the cul­tural tra­di­tion at Natonin for those ca­su­al­ties of the land­slide in­ci­dent.

Photo by Redjie Melvic Cawis

PCOO As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Marie Rafael Banaag tra­verses a land­slide on her way to Natonin to per­son­ally reach out to the land­slide af­fected area in Sitio Ha’rang, Barangay Banawel where more than 20 peo­ple were buried and washed out dur­ing typhoon Rosita. Banaag was a for­mer mayor of the town.

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