Thursday 13 April 2017

Student killed in landslide on Luzon Island, Philippines.

A student has been killed and three other people injured after a landslide struck a minibus in Benguet Province on Luzon Island in the Philippines on Thursday 13 April 2017. The dead man has been named as Izeah Medalle, 18, from Baguio City, while the three injured men were Giovanni Medo, 30, Emelda Dacumos, 22, and Bong Bong Enteria, 30, all of whom were travelling from Baguio to Dagupan when the accident occurred. The injured men were taken to the Baguio General Hospital following the incident. 

 The remains of a vehicle struck by a landslide in Benguet Province on Thursday 13 April 2017. Rafael Paeng Valencia/ABS-CBN News.

The landslide occurred following heavy rainfall in the area. Landslides are a common problem after severe weather events, as excess pore water pressure can overcome cohesion in soil and sediments, allowing them to flow like liquids. Approximately 90% of all landslides are caused by heavy rainfall. Benguit Province has a cool climate, due to its position in the Cordillera Mountains, with a climate that is wet for much of the year, though April is usually the driest month. 

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