Koronadal village isolated due to landslides

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 Sept) —  A remote village in Koronadal City has been isolated following several major landslides Sunday night that buried a wide stretch of the provincial road leading to the area, officials said Monday.

Koronadal Mayor Peter Miguel said officials of Barangay Assumption reported that the area’s main road was totally shut down due to new landslides in two nearby mountains at the height of the heavy rains early Sunday night.

“We already dispatched our engineering personnel to immediately clear the affected road and assess the extent of the landslides,” he said.

The isolated village is located near Sitio Acub of Barangay San Isidro, which was swept by flashfloods and landslides Friday night that left five people dead.

Sagin Munday, Barangay Assumption chair, said about a kilometer stretch of the provincial road was rendered impassable by the huge boulders and tree debris brought down by the landslides.

He said a bridge connecting the village to nearby Barangay Mambucal is now on the brink of collapse due to the landslides.

Munday said they evacuated a family in the area after their house was buried during the landslide.

“The damage was quite extensive because about half a hectare each of the mountains on both sides of the road has collapsed,” he said in a mobile phone interview.

Munday said a patient from the village died Sunday night after they failed to bring the latter to a hospital at the city proper because of the inaccessible road.

As of Monday morning, he said none among the village residents, especially students and employees, was able to leave the area. (Allen V. Estabillo/MindaNews)

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