THE heavy downpour experienced in Cebu City in the past few days caused landslides in some parts of the city’s upland barangays, resulting in the destruction of three houses and forcing close to 10 families to evacuate.

Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) head Harold Alcontin, in an interview with SunStar Cebu on Thursday, September 14, 2023, said two houses were destroyed in Sitio Kapasar in Barangay Budlaan, while another was also destroyed in Sitio Tintay in Barangay Talamban on Monday, September 11.

Alcontin said the landslide in Budlaan prompted six families to evacuate, while two families from Sitios Tintay and Dao in Talamban were also transferred to a safer place.

The families affected by the landslide are currently staying in their respective barangay gym and were provided with food packs good for three days.

Alcontin’s office also facilitated the evacuation of families living in Santo Nino Village who were affected by the flooding, but he said those were from Mandaue City.

Alcontin, in a Cebu City News and Information report, said the heavy rainfall brought around 8.7 millimeters of rain per hour to the city last Monday, September 11, causing the Mahiga Creek to swell.

He said another factor blamed for the heavy flooding was the clogged drainage facility along Gov. Cuenco Avenue. (JJL)