Displaced families may move back in

By: Ador Vincent S. Mayol July 31,2014 - 06:59 AM

RESIDENTS of sitio Dapdap, barangay Langub in Kinatarkan Island, Sta. Fe town, northern Cebu may return to their homes within a week after a sinkhole was formed in their area.

“If the soil stabilizes, then they can go back (to their homes). Hopefully, they can do so within this week,” said Baltazar Tribunalo, Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office chief.

Tribunalo said 48 families or 189 persons left their homes due to the sinkhole that measures 10 meters by 14 meters in diameter and one meter deep.

“Those who were asked to evacuate reside within 20 meters from the sinkhole,” he said.
Tribunalo said most of the residents are housed at the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

“The Cebu provincial government is providing food for them,” Tribunalo said.

Regional Director Loreto Alburo of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Central Visayas (MGB-7) earlier recommended to the local government units to take precautionary measures.

Alburo said the collapse of the cave roof which resulted to the formation of a sinkhole may have been triggered by the intense and prolonged precipitation brought by Typhoon Glenda and a low pressure area over the weekend.

A sinkhole, also known as a sink, shake hole, swallow hole, swallet, doline or cenote is a natural depression or hole in the surface topography caused by karst processes—the chemical dissolution of carbonate rocks.

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