With the rainy season already here, it is no surprise that landslides are starting to become a frequent occurrence once more. We might not be experiencing landslides in Metro Manila but it is a problem for those living in the province, specifically those who are living in the mountains. Aside from roads being blocked by debris, sometimes landslides even cause the road to completely disappear.
Last night, a section of the Acop-Kapangan-Kibungan-Bakun National Road in Gambang, Bakun, Benguet has collapsed. Specifically, the Mogao Section (KO 345 + 800) is closed to traffic since an entire section of the road has collapsed, almost taking a vehicle along with it. According to the latest update by the Bakun-Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC), the section of road between Sinipsip and Ampusongan will remain unpassable for the time being. The public is advised to take alternate routes, especially for those heading further north into the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
Considering the damage the national road incurred, it will likely take a while before it the section of road will be opened to the public once. Nearly the whole road disappeared, making it impossible for any vehicle to cross through. There's also the possibility that the section of road would continue to collapse even more, should the rains continue.
So if you're planning to head towards Northern Luzon or a mountainous area anytime soon, better avoid the area of Bakun, Benguet. You wouldn't want to get caught in a landslide or have the road beneath you collapsing.