Death toll in Cordillera rises to 249

MANILA – Floods and mudslides killed more than 200 people in Northern Luzon last week in the wake of tropical depression Pepeng (international codename Parma), the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said Monday.

As of 4 a.m. Monday, the OCD has recorded 249 fatalities in the Cordillera region alone: 164 in Benguet, 55 in Baguio City, 29 in Mountain Province and one fatality in Abra.

NDCC Chairman and Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro said most of the fatalities were from Benguet where seven landslides took place during the onslaught of “Pepeng.” He added that the NDCC will continue to conduct retrieval and relief operations in Tarlac, Pangasinan, Benguet, Baguio and the rest of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Teodoro said the government is shifting its efforts to sending relief in northern provinces devastated by floods and cut off by landslides.

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