ITOGON, Benguet: Four small scale miners died inside mine tunnels in two separate incidents in Itogon town’s mining area during the onslaught of Typhoon Ineng in Northern Luzon over the weekend.
Twenty-eight-year-old Bambi Dongla was found lifeless inside the mine tunnel at Baguio Gold, Tuding on Sunday afternoon.
A colleague, Ismael Sadya-as, tried to rescue him but he too was trapped in the tunnel and died. Tula Mateo suffered the same fate when he searched for his colleagues.
The remains of the three miners, Itogon police said, were retrieved at around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.
In a separate incident in Sitio Reno, Barangay Tuding in Itogon, the body of 23-year-old Abe Danao Amyao was retrieved at dawn on Monday.
Amyao’s body was retrieved by dawn on Sunday. He was rushed to the Saint Louis Medical Center, where he was declared dead on arrival.
As of 11 a.m. on Monday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that 17 people have died, 17 were injured due to the effects of typhoon Ineng. The agency reported 14 are missing in Ilocos Norte, Cagayan and Benguet.
The Office of Civil Defense–Cordillera Administrative Region (OCD-CAR) on Monday said 13 of the fatalities were from the region.
Franzes Ivy Carasi, OCD-CAR information officer said the casualty and injury count was validated on Sunday by the Department of Health regional office.
Carasi added that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) CAR office said there were 341 families or 1,242 individuals affected by the typhoon.
Classes were suspended in all levels in the provinces of Benguet, Abra, and Bataan.
Meanwhile,Baguio Cityhighways engineering district chief Alex Castaneda said that Kennon Road is still closed to allkinds of vehicles, but clearing operation is still on going.
In Bataan province, both the MacArthur Highway and Roman Superhighway in Bataan as well as the Gapan-Olongapo Road in Dinalupihan, however, remained passable to all types of vehicles.
In Bulacan, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said two gates of the Bustos Dam was opened by 10:30 am Monday, discharging 250 cubic meter per second after it reached above its spilling level of 17.10 meters.
Meanwhile, the water level of Angat Dam has also increased to 183.05 meters due to the continuous rains since last week, up by 0.78 meters a day earlier but still far from its spilling level of 210 meters. Ipo Dam, also located in Bulacan, has current elevation of 100.54 meters, nearing its spilling level of 101 meters.