1,000 flee after earth crack discovered in South Cotabato-A A +A
Sunday, October 21, 2012
MANILA -- More than a thousand people fled their homes in a South Cotabato village after an earth crack was discovered there, the state disaster agency said Sunday.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that a total of 228 families or about 1,015 people in Barangay Lamlahak, Lake Sebu, were evacuated and are now staying with their relatives in nearby villages.
The NDRRMC said the evacuated families included 110 families or 519 people from Sitio Upper Talubek and 118 families or 496 people from Sitio Lower Talubek.
The agency added that residents of Barangays Seloton and Poblacion are "also likely to be affected" and have been given early warning.
The earth crack was discovered after a week of continuous rain triggered multiple landslide incidents in South Cotabato on September 28.
The landslides destroyed five houses and initially displaced 83 families or 390 people while causing P800,000 in damage to crops and property.
The NDRRMC said the South Cotabato local government has sent a team to assess the discovered earth crack. (Emmanuel Louis Bacani/Sunnex)