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Thursday, October 17, 2013
EIGHT families were displaced after a sinkhole appeared in Sitio Kapayas, Barangay Canjulao, Lapu-Lapu City following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last Tuesday morning.
Cracks on the ground damaged three buildings that housed 21 apartment units. No one was reported injured.
Jonalyn Dico, 33, one of the occupants, likened her experience to the disaster movie “2012”.
“Gadagan mi unya gasunod namo ang liki (We were running while the cracks on the ground followed us),” she said.
Dico, a worker at the Mactan Export Processing Zone and a native of Argao, Cebu, moved into one of the apartments owned by James Berdin with her husband and sister less than a month ago.
Checking for permit
She said she was doing laundry when the earthquake occurred past 8 a.m.
Her husband, awakened by the earthquake, rushed out of the house and pulled her to safer ground because she could not run fast with her wet slippers.
City Administrator Teodulo Ybañez said the Office of the Building Official is checking whether the owner of the apartments secured a building permit.
He said the apartments sit on what used to be a sinkhole. The apartments were constructed after the hole was filled with shells, stones and scrap metals about 10 years ago.
The sinkhole has a diameter of 15 meters and a depth of four to five feet. The City ordered all occupants to vacate their units.
Criselda Baguio, 43, mother of five, said they are now looking for a new apartment.
Their apartment is two meters from the edge of the sinkhole.
She said they sleep outside the house in the meantime so they can run quickly to safer ground when there’s a strong aftershock.
Her family moved into the apartment five months ago. Her husband works in Malaysia.
The area had yet to be cordoned off as of yesterday afternoon, but three policemen were deployed in the area.
Mayor Paz Radaza called a meeting with officers of the City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council yesterday morning.
Radaza ordered the City’s engineers to check all public buildings.
Ybañez said three persons were brought to the City Hospital after suffering injuries during the earthquake.
Two guests at the Crown Regency Hotel were also reported injured after debris fell on them.
Another person was wounded after stepping on glass splinters at the public market.
Five families were also evacuated after the earthquake caused a landslide in Sitio Matumbo, Barangay Pusok.
Ybañez said the Be Resort, Imperial Palace Resort and the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa reported cracks on their walls.
The earthquake also caused cracks on the monument of Datu Lapu-Lapu at the Mactan Liberty Shrine.
Ybañez said the City Council will not place the city under a state of calamity while damages are still being assessed.
“We are still fortunate because the damage caused by the earthquake here is only minimal,” he said.
He said a task force has been formed to inspect school buildings and other public structures.
Following last Tuesday’s earthquake, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) 7 advised residents of 80 barangays located on the foot of mountains in Cebu to be “extra vigilant” and to prepare for possible landslides.
The advisory was issued after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7, through MGB, learned that some of the areas affected by landslides caused by the earthquake are also within rain-induced landslide-prone areas.
DENR 7 information officer Eddie Llamedo said earthquakes cause the ground to be unstable and have tension cracks and fractures, making it vulnerable to landslides.
In Cebu City, 19 barangays were identified to be highly susceptible to landslides, including Lusaran, Binaliw, Guba, Budlaan, Malubog, Buot-Taup, Busay, Sirao, Taptap, Tagbao, Tabunan, Pung-ol Sibugay,Sudlon II, Sudlon I, Sinsin, Buhisan, Pamutan, Sapangdaku, and Adlaon.
Barangays Tagjaguimit, Alpaco, Balirong, Mayana, Naalad, and Cogon in the City of Naga and Barangays Hingatmonan, Lamesa, Luca, Ginatilan, Cabasiangan, Matun-og, Cansomoroy, Gaas, Magsaysay, Cabagdalan and Duangan in Balamban, as well as all mountain barangays in Camotes and Bantayan Group of Islands were also advised to be watchful and to prepare for landslides.
Also in the list of landslide-prone areas are Barangays Tungkay, Pangamihan, Bagacay, Loay and Don Andres Soriano in Toledo City and Lamac in Pinamungahan.
Barangays Agbanga, Baye, Bairan, Kanluangan and Sak-Sak in Asturias and Barangays Amancion, Anapog, Bactas, Bongyas, Ambangkaya, Cabungaan, Can-ibuang, Duyan, Ginabucan, Panalipan, Tabili and Tinabyonan in Catmon are also in the list.
All mountain barangays in Talisay City, Barangay Doldol in Dumanjug, Cansalonoy in Ronda were rated as being highly susceptible to landslides.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 17, 2013.