Landslide feared in Oro relocation site

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Saturday, January 25, 2014


FEAR of landslide gives survivors of Tropical Storm Sendong, living in sitio Calaanan in Barangay Canitoan, difficulty sleeping at night.

“I cannot sleep in this house, I am afraid that another landslide would take place and kill my family,” said Jorlyn Balino, a resident of LGU-Crayola resettlement site in a hinterland area in Calaanan.

She added that the thought of her family being covered with mud and rocks haunt her every time it starts to rain, especially during the low pressure area (LPA) that developed into tropical depression bringing with it incessant rains for two weeks.

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“Every night I think about being covered with mud,” said Balino who fears for the lives of his two children.

Jorlyn and her family live in a relocation home, along with the other 34 families, on a hill beside the mountain.

Her husband Arland said he couldn’t sleep well in the house due to the landslide last week that damaged their home.

Arland said the cascading rocks and mud almost buried her two-year-old daughter that shocked them as it hit their house.

“There was something like an explosion when the mud and rock hit the backdoor of our house, my daughter was standing nearby,” said Arland recollecting what happened Tuesday last week.

Arland said they lived in Barangay Carmen before Tropical Storm Sendong devastated their home in December 2012.

Another resident from the same relocation site, Monna Barrios, said while she was cooking on that same day, some small amount of mud started drifting toward her.

She tried to shovel the mud but eventually stopped because it started coming in bulk.

Barrios asked her husband not to work after the landslide to help her shovel the mud but they did not endure it because the mud amassed excessively.

Arland stopped working for a week now to look after his family that sleeps now, along with other eight families, in the AICID building, in another nearby evacuation site.

“I sleep in the relocation site because I am afraid especially when it is raining,” said Barrios.

Barrios said the makeshift lavatory at the back of her house was covered with mud and is now rendered useless.

Elena Sagrado, community affairs assistant of the City Planning Division Office, said eight houses in buildings 1 and 2 were damaged due to the landslide.

She added the relocation site is a landslide-prone area.

Eng. Jerry Nabong of the City Engineering Office confirmed the area is “landslide-prone.”

“Even if the houses were concrete it could not sustain against the landslide,” said Nabong.

He added that more landslides in the area are possible.

Nabong said the landslides happened because of the relentless rain due to Agaton that eventually weakened the soil.

Jun Mangadlao, mining inspector from the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro), said the houses at the foot of the mountain are unsafe.

Mangadlao suggested that the houses should be five meters away from the foot of the mountain, and the slope should be 45-degrees with a “bench.”

Maricel Casiño-Rivera, city information officer, said they would submit their report to the people in-charge at city hall.

She added that they would coordinate with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) to come up with better solutions to the problem of the residents.

“This area is not suitable for a relocation site,” said Rivera. (Anjo J. Bacarisas/Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 25, 2014.

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