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Betty causes landslide, impassable roads in Benguet


Some roads in Benguet were temporarily impassable due to a landslide after the province experienced heavy rains due to Typhoon Betty.

According to Russel Simorio's report on "24 Oras," pieces of rock fell off the mountains in Governor Bado Dangwa National Road in Kapangan, Benguet.

Benguet's Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) conducted clearing operations with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) as well as other areas. 

"May mga landslide na nangyari doon sa ganitong landslide. Mayroon din sa Lacamen Road. Ito 'yung connecting ng municipalities ng Tublay at Bokod. May nahulog na malalaking bato," said Abner Lawangen, Benguet PDRRMO Officer.

Meanwhile, due to continuous rain, the water level of some river systems in the province swelled, including the Balili River in La Trinidad.

Authorities asked residents near rivers to be on alert.

"Napansin natin na most of our communities lumaki ang ating river. Bale warning na rin ito sa mga ilang LGU na nakakasakop ng mga ilog na ito," Lawangen added.

Meanwhile, the Marcos Highway remains open for those visiting Baguio City but some tourist spots remain closed for public safety. —Sherylin Untalan/ VAL, GMA Integrated. News

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