Cargo van slips, falls into river

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Friday, September 5, 2014

CROSSING DANGER.  Residents of Barangay Sapangdaku in Cebu City have to cross the river to get to the other side. When heavy rains come, the river can be dangerous. A parked cargo van slipped and got carried away by the rushing water. The truck above is stalled. (Sun.Star Photo/Alan Tangcawan)


STRONG winds and heavy rains caused a 10-footer cargo container to fall into a river in Barangay Sapangdaku, Cebu City yesterday afternoon.

Though there are houses that stand close to the river, no one was hurt since the van landed on unobstructed space, City Councilor Dave Tumulak said.

He said the van was parked near the barangay hall before it slipped during the rain and landed in the river.

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“The families living close to the area are all safe,” the councilor said.

Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CCDRRMC) personnel tried lifting the van using heavy equipment but they could not get it out of the river.

They called off the operation last night.

In the meantime, the CCDRRMC asked about 10 families to vacate the area, which is considered a danger zone.

The rains that lasted for about two hours caused seven minor landslides in three barangays in the city, including Kalunasan where a woman was injured.

Ferlisa Aligado suffered injuries when a boulder fell on a portion of her house while she was doing the laundry.

She was brought to the Cebu City Medical Center.

Soil and stones also covered a portion of the interior roads in Sitios Kana-as and Tipolo Ville in Guadalupe.

Debris also blocked the roads in Sitios Bankal, Ginsaugon and Kaimitohan when a landslide occurred in Sapangdaku.

Though all debris in the areas affected by landslides was cleared immediately, the CCDRRMC personnel and barangay officials still cordoned the areas and posted warning signs to guide the motorist.

Also in Kalunasan, a house owned by Amado Jacaban was damaged after a mango tree was uprooted, hitting the front portion of his house.

The rain also caused flooding in several streets in downtown Cebu City, such as Colon St., M.J. Cuenco Ave. and Sanciangko St.

Tumulak said the rain was brought by two low pressure area (LPA) affecting the Visayas region.

Based on the monitoring by the City’s command and control center (C3), the LPA was located at about 580 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes as of 2 p.m. yesterday.

Tumulak advised the public, particularly those living in the coastal and upland areas, to be cautious since light to moderate rains will continue to affect the city in the coming days.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 05, 2014.

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