UPDATE OF THE SITUATION IN THE PHILIPPINES (source = GMANews.TV)
The death toll
caused by killer typhoon “Pepeng" (Parma
) has risen to more than 300 - about 307
- in the various regions of Luzon
, most of it in the Cordillera and Ilocos regions, as more bodies were retrieved from landslide-hit areas in Baguio City, the rest of Benguet province and Mountain Province.
As of Sunday 5:30 p.m., the Office of Civil Defense - Cordillera
Administrative Region (OCD-CAR) said they have already accounted for 231 deaths in the region due to at least 39 landslides
Of the 231 fatalities
, OCD regional director Olive Luces said 152 were from Benguet, 50 were from Baguio City and 29 were from the Mt. Province.
The figure excludes the casualties from the series of landslides in Oct. 3, which Luces said resulted in the death of 19 people, 12 of them were from Benguet.
The rest of the casualty count, based on the latest available report of the National Disaster Coordinating Council, include 49 deaths in the Ilocos region, three in Central Luzon, one in Southern Tagalog, and four in the Bicol region.
Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan said that as of Sunday morning
around 175 bodies were recovered from landslide areas in Benguet
, the bulk of which were recovered from sitio Little Kibungan in Barangay Puguis in La Trinidad town, while the rest came from the areas in the municipalities of Mankayan, Itogon, Atok, and Tublay.
Little Kibungan tragedy
At least 50 bodies were retrieved from Little Kibungan alone, where 100 residents were reported missing after loose soil slipped down the slopes covering 36 houses on the hillsides on Thursday evening