Landslide hits upland village

THIRTEEN families have evacuated to safer grounds after a landslide occurred in a west coast village in Zamboanga City, an official disclosed.

Dr. Elmeir Jade Apolinario, city disaster risk reduction and management office (CDRRMO) chief, said the landslide took place Tuesday night at Sitio Corote in the village of Malagutay.

Malagutay is an upland village located seven kilometers west of the city.

Apolinario said the 13 families decided to vacate their homes for fear of their safety although no one among the houses in the area was destroyed by the landslide.

The landslide occurred as the soil softened due to continued rainshowers the past few days brought about by the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) affecting Mindanao.

Apolinario said that 12 of the 13 families have sought refuge with their families while the remaining one opted to stay at the village hall of Malagutay.

He said the City Government is providing emergency assistance to the affected families.

The CDRRMO has alerted the pubic as the city continues to experience rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms due to an ITCZ affecting Mindanao.

The heavy rains has increased water the level at the Pasonanca diversion dam to 75.44 meters, over one meter more than the normal level of 74.20 meters, swelling rivers and flooding streets downtown.

Apolinario advised the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (BDRRMCs) to sustain monitoring activities in their area of responsibility and to lead response in case of flooding or other rain-related incidents. (Bong Garcia)

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