A policeman and board member were killed after a landslide hit the house they were staying at in Cabugao, Apayao, Thursday night.
According to the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Unit, the victims just had a sleepover at the house after their immersion in the area.
“Initially, they are engaging in barangay consultation and then inabot sila doon ng malakas na ulan. Nagpahinga sila sa isang bahay and then yung bahay nila was hit by landslide,” said RDRRMC regional director Albert Mogol.
(Initially, they were engaging in barangay consultation and then the heavy rain fell. They rested in a house, and then their home was hit by a landslide.)
The corpses will be taken from Cabugao and will be transported to the town of Calanasan.
“We already contacted the tog 1 (Air Force tactical operations group) para sa airlifting nung mga bangkay (to airlift the corpses),” Mogol added.
Typhoon Quiel brought heavy rains which caused the Apayao landslide.
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The severe tropical storm Quiel retains its strength as it moves slowly in the Southwest direction.
According to PAGASA’s 5 am severe weather bulletin, the typhoon was last seen 380 kilometers West Northwest of Coron, Palawan.
It still has wind power of up to 110 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kilometers per hour.
According to weather forecaster Ezra Bulquerin, the storm is likely to intensify within 24 hours.
Quiel is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) tonight or tomorrow morning (Nov. 9).