Sunday, October 11, 2009

Baguio landslides kill 200: food and gasoline almost gone

According to the NDCC, at least 181 people were killed in landslides in the Benguet and Mountain provinces, increasing the death toll to at least 600 due to Typhoons Pepeng and Ondoy. Rescue efforts are still being undertaken by the government since many are still feared to have been trapped in their homes.

As casualties rise, Baguio residents face another disaster---lack of food, water and gasoline. The Baguio government is thinking of rationing supplies since the summer capital is still isolated at this point. Army engineers are rushing to fix McArthur, Kennon and Naguilan roads. Baguio has been isolated from La Union since Friday.

Meanwhile, government estimates flood damage to properties has reached P 30 billion already. There are fears however, that this figure will rise shortly after an assessment has been made on the extent of the damage to Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte, which continue to remain under water Sunday.