Families at old dumpsite told to leave houses

THE CITY Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) has advised around 30 families to evacuate from their houses along the Diversion Road due to landslide threat.

Rodrigo Bustillo, CDRRMO operations and warning officer, said in an interview yesterday that at least seven families were already evacuated from the old dumpsite site along the Diversion Road.

Preemptive evacuations have been held as early as Friday, Bustillo said.

“They will be directly affected by the landslide,” Bustillo said.

Some families reportedly refused to leave the area as they opted to monitor the situation instead. Some male residents, for example, have decided to stay in the homes.

The city government said there are around 100 individuals who reside in the area located in Barangay Matina Pangi.

Landslide hit a portion of the diversion road on Saturday, a day after the City Hall warned residents in the area and motorists on the imminent danger. Continuous rains reportedly caused the landslide.

Cracks are noted in some hills at the foot of Shrine Hills, shared by three barangays (Matina Pangi, Matina Crossing, and Langub, all in Talomo District).

The CDRRMO has deployed standby units in the affected area in case another landslide occurs.

The City Engineer’s Office and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) have installed early warning devices along the highway to alert citizens about the imminent landslide.

The DPWH has been doing road widening project in diversion road.

The local government has also ordered a vehicle surplus shop to stop the excavation of slope walls nearby.

“It’s a very sensitive area, so there should be no modifications in the landscape,” Bustillo said.