Typhoon Ineng: Brothers buried in landslide; Baguio suffers blackout
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – Two brothers were buried in a landslide in Bakun, Benguet, early Friday morning, August 21, due to strong rains brought about by Typhoon Ineng (international name: Goni).
The typhoon also destroyed power lines, causing blackout in Baguio City since 3 am Friday.
Brothers Erwin and Markim Cielo were killed when their tent at sitio Takayan in Gambang, Bakun town, was buried by a landslide. The victims were reportedly doing roadworks in Bakun.
A taxi was pinned down by an electric post in front of the Baguio Botanical Park early morning. Its driver is in critical condition.
In Manabo, Abra, a jeepney fell into a river. Rescuers have gone to the site as of posting.
Strong winds and rains isolated many towns in the Cordillera. Among the roads closed are:
- Kennon Road (due to landslide at Camp 2 and other rockfalls along the way)
- Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road (due to landslide at Guisset in Itogon)
- Baguio-Bua-Itogon Road (landslide at Goldfield Section at Poblacion, Itogon)
- Gurel-Kabayan-Buguias Road (landslide at Bila, Bokod)
- Acop-Kibungan Road
- Apayao-Ilocos Norte Road
The whole of Baguio has been powerless since 3 am Friday. According to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, the La Trinidad-Sagada 69kVline tripped at 1:17 am, affecting Bontoc and Mankayan in Benguet and the entire Mountain Province. – Rappler.com