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Landslides and floods

January 14 - 20, 2017

Days of non-stop raibrought by weather disturbances had caused landslides, mudslides and flooding in different parts of the province.

On January 16, there was a landslide in Barangay Kahupian, Sitio Balin- Tulay in Sogod town. The land movement was just a few meters away from the country’s tallest bridge (Agas- Agas Bridge) which rendered that portion of the national highway temporarily impassable to all type of vehicles.

According to District Engineer Ma Margarita C. Junia, around 300 to 700 cubic meters of saturated muds and clayey materials covered the road that closed two lanes of the national road.

“We are having hard time removing landslide debris since mud and rocks continuously pour down while clearing operations are on-going. We also have to consider the safety of our workers,” Junia said.

Another landslide also closed a highway road in Olisihan village in Sogod town, but it was immediately cleared from debris the day after the landslide and no casualties have been reported.

In Bil-atan, Camang village in San Ricardo town, a rockslide partially closed a road section that caused the road to be passable only to motorcycles and light

Minor landslides were also reported in Brgy. Pangi, Libagon, and Dinahugan village in Padre Burgos.

The low pressure area and tail end of a cold front, suspended classes in all levels, and a “no-work” order was issued by the provincial government for public offices due to the continuous rain which was accompanied by strong winds.

The tail end of a cold front is a weather system formed when the cold air mass dominates the warm air mass.

No casualty has been reported by local government units. The gale warning was also raised over the province and prohibits the sailing of light sea vessels.

No stranded passengers have been reported so far.(By MARK L. RIMAS)






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