7 landslides hit Cebu City over the weekend, 80 evacuated

By: Morexette Marie B. Erram - Multimedia Reporter - CDN Digital | August 15,2022 - 04:08 PM
7 landslides hit Cebu City over the weekend, 80 evacuated

This photo is a screengrab of a video taken by a resident in Barangay Pit-os, Cebu City last August 13, shortly before portions of the house on top of the eroded slope fell into the nearby river. The ground where the house stood got saturated due to incessant rains in Cebu in the past days. | Screengrab from a contributed video via Paul Lauro #CDNDigital

CEBU CITY, Philippines – No less than seven landslides hit the hinterland villages of Cebu City over the weekend, resulting in the displacement of at least 80 individuals, authorities confirmed.

Raquel Arce, head of the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CCDRRMO), said around 20 families, or 80 individuals, have been subjected to forced evacuation due to the series of landslides that occurred last Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14.

The incidents were still due to the heavy rains that Cebu experienced since the first week of August, said Arce. 

“Fortunately, no one got harmed or injured,” Arce told reporters in a teleconference on Monday, August 15. 

The CCDRRMO recorded seven landslides from four mountain villages – Barangays Pamutan, Pit-os, Buhisan, and Kalunasan.

Arce also said the evacuated families came from Barangays Kalunasan and Pit-os, and all of them were still staying in a designated barangay gym. 

“Sa pagkakarun, (dili pa sila kabalik sa ilahang mga balay) kay ang weather condition, mukalit lang ug init unya muulan inig gabii. Gi-assess pa sa atong team kung safe na sila mubalik,” she added.

(For now, (they cannot still return to their homes) because of the weather condition, where it will suddenly become it will rain in the evening. The team is still assessing the situation

On the other hand, the CCDRRMO also confirmed that portions of a barangay road in Barangay Agsungot collapsed, which was also a result of the incessant rains in the past days. 

In the meantime, Arce encouraged barangay officials to keep their barangay responders, and disaster and rescue units on standby for any possible eventualities and monitor their surroundings regularly. / with reports from Paul Lauro

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