Negrenses warned vs possible landslides

RESIDENTS of Negros Occidental were told to be wary of possible landslides due to aftershocks and heavy rains.

Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, head of Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Division, said that some parts of the province felt the magnitude 5.8 aftershock that jolted Leyte Monday morning, July 10.

It came four days after the 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the Eastern Visayas province, which killed two people and injured about a hundred others.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Intensity 2 was reported in Cadiz City.

Caelian said that no injury or damage was reported in the northern Negros city following the aftershock.

However, he said the public should watch out for landslides especially that the rainy season has started.

“We have to be careful of landslides because the ground is shaking. If there is an earthquake, there’s movement on the ground, which is also wet and loose due to the rains,” he said.

He cited the flash floods and landslides that devastated Ormoc in 1991, which killed more than 6,000 people.

He added that the Ormoc landslide was caused by “the ground that was shaking with rains.”

Caelian said his office continues to monitor the developments.

Earlier, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Western Visayas identified 12 local government units in Negros Occidental that are prone to landslides.

These include the cities of Cadiz, Kabankalan, San Carlos and Silay and towns of Calatrava, Candoni, Cauayan, Salvador Benedicto, Isabela, La Castellana, Moises Padilla, and Pontevedra.

Power interruption

Meanwhile, power interruption was reported in some parts of Negros Island Region Monday afternoon after some substations of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco), Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative, Northern Negros Electric Cooperative, and Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative tripped off.

In Bacolod City alone, almost 50 percent of Ceneco consumers experienced brownout, which lasted for more than two hours.

As of 8:54 p.m. last night, power was fully restored in all localities.

Michelle Viscera, corporate communications officer of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines-Western Visayas, said they believe the aftershock has nothing to do with the power interruption as the submarine cables that were affected were between Negros and Panay.
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