RESCUERS: SUNNY WEATHER IN BENGUET MAKES SEARCH, RETRIEVAL OPS HARDER
The sun rose again— a sign of a brand new day after a terrible storm.
However, for rescuers in Barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet, it was a challenge to dig the lands to look for the missing victims due to hard soil.
Benguet Federation of Small Scale Miners Secretary General Alfred Bugnosan said on Tuesday that it is easier for them to dig if the soil is wet.
He added that because of this, the retrieval operations are prolonged and the rescuers are racing against time in locating more missing persons trapped in the landslides.
Meantime, the National Bureau of Immigration (NBI) Cordillera has arrived in Itogon to help the Philippine National Police Scene of the Crime Operatives in identifying the cadavers of the casualties.
The process of identifying the cadavers include fingerprinting, DNA and dental testing and even acquiring pieces of evidence that may be helpful in the identification process.
On Friday, PNP Spokesperson Senior Superintendent Benigno Durana, Jr. said almost 7000 police personnel are deployed to help in the search and recovery of missing persons and ensure law & order in areas affected by Typhoon Ompong in CAR.
As of 9 oclock in the morning of September 18, the PNP National Operations Center recorded 74 deaths, 55 missing and 74 wounded due to the Typhoon.
Of these number, 60 were dead, 60 missing and 42 were wounded from the Cordillera Administrative Region.
As of 5 p.m. of Friday, 18 dead bodies have already been recovered from the mining site, one of these is Edwin Banawol who is said to be the known president of small-scale mining in the area.