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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Major roads in Cordillera closed due to landslides

SOME major roads leading to the provinces of Cordillera have been closed due to landslides caused by heavy downpour over the weekend.

The Baguio-Bontoc, Sabangan detour road in Nacagang, Sabangan, was closed since Saturday, May 27, after it was washed out, making travel to Sagada and Bontoc difficult.

The Junction Talubin to Barlig to Natonin to Paracelis to Calaccad Road was eroded due to structural damage.

In Benguet, the Acop to Kapangan to Kibungan to Bakun road is still being cleared.

In Ifugao, the Banaue to Mayoyao to Alfonso Lista to Isabela road in areas of Banagaan, Banaue to Liwo, Mayoyao and the Banaue to Hungduan to Benguet road in Gohang Banaue was also being cleared by the Department of Public Works and Highways as of Monday, May 29.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) forecast that thunderstorms may affect Abra (Licuan Baay and Daguioman), Apayao (Kabugao and Conner), Kalinga (Tabuk and Tanudan), Mt. Province (Bontoc, Sadanga, Natonin and Paracelis) and Ifugao (Lamut, Alfonso Lista and Aguinaldo), Benguet (Tuba, Sablan, La Trinidad and Kapangan). It warned the public against possible thunderstorm in nearby affected areas of Apayao (Calanasan).

All were advised to take precautionary measures against heavy rains, strong winds, lightning and possible flash floods, Pagasa said.

As of Monday, SunStar Baguio received confirmation that the Baguio-Bontoc road at the Sabangan bridge has already been opened.
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