Landslide closes Zamboanga-Pagadian Highway-A A +A
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
THE continuous rains spawned by the inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) trigged a landslide Tuesday that paralyzed traffic for at least nine hours along the Zamboanga-Pagadian Highway.
The Zamboanga-Pagadian Highway serves as Zamboanga City's main thoroughfare to the other parts of Zamboanga Peninsula and Northern Mindanao regions.
Mayor Randy Climaco of Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay, said in a phone interview that fortunately no one was either killed or wounded since there were no inhabitants where the landslide occurred.
Climaco said the continuous downpour has caused the side cut of a hill to erode around 2 a.m. Tuesday in the village of Upper Tungawan, Tungawan town thereby closing the Zamboanga-Pagadian Highway.
Zamboanga Peninsula police information officer Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca said that at least 20 meters of the highway was covered with mud following the erosion.
Government authorities proceeded to the area and extended assistance to the stranded motorist and conducted clearing operation.
Governor Wilter Palma and the Department of Public Works and Highways have dispatched additional heavy equipment and assisted in the clearing operation.
Climaco said the Zamboanga-Pagadian Highway is now passable citing they were able to clear the highway of debris around 11 a.m. Tuesday. (Bong Garcia/Sunnex)