Landslide kills elderly woman in Benguet; tourism activities discouraged

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Benguet (CNN Philippines, August 12) — A senior citizen died while his grandson was injured in a landslide in Buguias town, Benguet province on Sunday.

Police said a landslide hit Upper Cotcot in Brgy. Bangao, resulting in the death of 72-year-old Gloria Rolando Langawan. According to the Buguias Municipal Police, the woman's grandson, Ben Rafael Langawan sustained head injuries when eroded soil hit their house while they were sleeping.

The grandson was brought to the hospital for treatment. It is believed that the monsoon rains which hit the province over the weekend loosened the soil.

Due to inclement weather, the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) earlier announced that hiking, caving, trekking, biking and other tourism-related activities are "strongly discouraged" across the region for safety reasons.

"The public is also advised to take precautionary measures against possible flashfloods in low-lying areas and landslides over mountainous areas," according to the public tourism advisory issued by Commodore Albert Mogol, chairperson of the Cordillera RDRRMC.

Following the incident, Mogol also asked local disaster risk management councils to conduct preemptive evacuation and man 24/7 emergency operation centers as needed.