Three dead in landslides in Camarines Sur

MANILA, Philippines – three persons, two of them were kids were killed by a landslide that hit a remote village in Camarines Sur on early dawn Sunday as Tropical Storm Bebengs makes landfall in Northern Catanduanes, police reports said.

Reports reaching the PNP operations center in Camp Crame identified the fatalities in the landslides, brought by heavy rains, as Maribel Ruelan, 18; Princess Ruelan, 8 and Marco Sanchez, 7.

The reports said the victim’s bodies were recovered at around 4am Sunday in Sitio Ikogan, Brgy. Luluasan in Batalan town

The Highway Patrol Group, (HPG) under Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina, said in another report that heavy rains in the Bicol region also rendered a portion of the Maharlika Highway in Polangui, Albay not passable.

“It was temporarily closed after heavy rains caused a tree to fall and block the road. Ports in Tabaco City, Pilar, and Matnog in Sorsogon have also stopped operations due to bad weather,” the HPG reports said.

Latest update from the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said that “Bebeng” made a landfall in Nothern Catanduanes at around 10am and an later it was  spotted some 70 kilometers east northeast of Daet, Camarines Norte.

The NDRRMC reports said that Public Signal Warning (PSW) 2 remains on the provinces of Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Northern Quezon, Polillo island, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Viscaya, and Isabela.

While signal number 1 is placed over Sorosogon, Albay, Southern Quezon, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union, Mt. Province, Kalinga, Ifugao, Southern Cagayan, and Northern Samar.

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