MANILA — Heavy rains and aftershocks to the deadly July 16 earthquake triggered a landslide in a northern mountain highway, killing at least 17 people, officials said today.
Gov. Patricio Dumlao of Nueva Viscaya province said the landslide struck Dalton Pass in Santa Fe, 110 miles north of Manila.
Dalton Pass, a major route to the Cagayan Valley in northeastern Luzon island, had remained impassable because of massive landslides sparked by the temblor two weeks ago, Dumlao said.
The 17 fatalities were travelers bound for Manila from Isabela province just north of Nueva Viscaya, Dumlao said. On reaching the blocked portion of the highway, the travelers left one bus to board another when an aftershock triggered the landslide on the rain-weakened mountain, burying the 17, he said.