12 vehicles buried in Cebu City Landslide

At least 12 vehicles buried in Cebu City landslide.

According to reports, the vehicles buried were parked  along a highway in Barangay Busay, Cebu City causing them to crushed and partially buried in mud after a portion of a retaining wall collapsed during a landslide that occurred at past 2 a.m. on Wednesday.

Among the vehicles buried and heavily damaged were 8 public utility jeepneys, a private car, a pick-up and 2 motorcycles.

Fortunately, no one was reported injured as no one was sleeping in the jeepneys when the landslide happened.

Reported further that because of the landslide, the road  leading to the tourist attraction Temple of Leah was temporarily closed as workers used a backhoe to remove huge concrete slabs that fell on the highway.

Apart from the vehicles buried, a house stood perilously on the edge of the hill that partly collapsed during the landslide.

The Cebu City government sent workers and heavy equipment to the city’s mountain villages to clear roads that were blocked by landslides on Tuesday and early Wednesday. As such, Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CCDRRMO) chief, Nagiel Bañacia, said all roads were passable as of Wednesday afternoon.

Because of the landslides, the Cebu City Council has allegedly declared all of the city’s 30 upland villages under a state of calamity.

Meanwhile, Bañacia said the CCDRRMO has evacuated some 220 families from Barangays Bacayan, Pit-os and Sirao since Monday night. About 102 families in Bacayan have been rescued, while 27 families have been evacuated in Pit-os. They are taking shelter in their barangay gym.

Whereas in Sirao, some 63 families were taken to the Sirao Elementary School, while 28 families were also evacuated to the Pungol-Sibugay Gym after a massive landslide hit Mt. Kan-irag, also in Sirao.

All the rescued families were provided with relief goods and dignity kits by the city social welfare office but they were barred from returning home.

According to reports on January 18, Wednesday night, Banacia said as quoted, “The area affected by the landslide in Sirao is still very dangerous. The earth is still moving.”

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