SOME 58 families were affected by a landslide at Apas village, Initao, Misamis Oriental, Tuesday morning, January 31.
Fernando Dy Jr., Misamis Oriental Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) officer, said the "minor" landslide prevented the affected families from crossing the river.
"Gamay ra man nga hitabo. Wala maigo ang ilang balay. Affected sila kay dili sila katabok sa suba. Ang kabag-on is 3 meters ug ang gilapdon is 10 meters wide (It was only a minor incident. Their houses were not damaged. They're affected because they can't cross the river. The landslide is three meters thick and 10 meters wide)," Dy said.
Dy said incessant rains may have been the cause of the landslide, adding that the response team had a difficult time to penetrate and bring the equipment to the landslide area due to the narrow road.
Dy said he will coordinate with the Engineering office whether there are plans to build a footbridge in the area to make the residents convenient in crossing the river anytime.
"Akong pangutan-on ang Engineering office kung naa ba silay plano diha sa area (I will ask the Engineering Office about their plans in the area)," Dy said.
Dy added they will coordinate with the local government unit for the relief efforts and assistance.
Apart from the 58 families, the PDRRM also recorded other 297 families affected by the non-stop rains last January 16 to 19 due to the low pressure area.
Dy said a onetime relief operations will be conducted today, February 1, including the 290 affected families in Lugait town.
"Usahon ra nato tanan ang relief operation kay naghangyo man sila kay last time wala sila malista sa evacuation centers kay wala sila katabok sa suba. Basin today mahuman na ang clearing operation (We will conduct a general relief operation since last time their names were not listed in the evacuation centers because they can't cross the river. Maybe the clearing operation will finish today)," Dy said.