Bukidnon-Davao highway closed for 6 hours

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/22 December) – The Bukidnon-Davao highway was reopened to vehicles around 3pm on Friday, six hours after it was closed due to a landslide along the highway in Quezon, Bukidnon, according to Fort Cabarde, reporter of Radio Kilat in Quezon town.

Cabarde said four landslides blocked the highway, one of which was a major slip that occurred along the boundary of Barangays Puntian and Calacapao.

The road was no longer passable as early as 9am Friday.

Israel Johan Damasco, provincial disaster risk reduction coordinator told MindaNews that the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Quezon coordinated with the Department of Public Works and Highways in southern Bukidnon in clearing the road.

The DPWH asked a private contractor to lend heavy equipment for the job.

Radyo Kilat also reported a crack on a bridge in Salawagan, Quezon, where only light vehicles were allowed to pass as of noon today. The same stretch is along the Bukidnon-Davao highway.

The highway connects Davao City to Cagayan de Oro City. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews Contributor)