Landslide blocks Buug hi-way, vehicles stranded PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 October 2015 11:15

By BHONG SIMBAJON

Incesant rain lashed Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur unleashing floods and landslides in various areas Thursday.

The situation worsened at dawn Thursday when big part of a hill gave way along the highway between Barangay Batalit and Barangay Bulaan in the municipality of Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay province around 2 a.m.

In an exclusive interview with RMN Zamboanga, Buug Police Station chief Senior Inspector Sam Bael said that they were conducting rescue operations for residents affected by the shoulder-deep flood in Buug when he received a call from their first responders in Barangay Bulaan that a large portion of a hill gave way, blocking the highway.

Bael said that his responding team have seen the huge destruction of the hill which covered the entire highway thus declaring it impassable by all types of vehicles.

Passenger buses and other vehicles bound for Zamboanga City and were stranded and have to wait along the highway until the clearing operation is completed.

Bael said that he has requested the deployment of heavy equipment by the LGU-Buug and the DPWH which immediately sent their backhoe and loaders to clear the blocked highway, but due to the huge rocks and muds, Bael also sought assistance from Sibugay Governor Walter Palma to send additional heavy equipmentto help in the clearing operation. Palma sent early morning two loaders to Buug to help in the task.

“As of now, no vehicles, even motorcycles can get through the covered highway. The rocks and mud are as high as a one-storey building and I think it will take time, and one  day is not enough to clear the highway,” Bael said.

The police official already urged all motorists to look for alternative routes in Zamboanga del Norte to get through Pagadian and Zamboanga del Sur.

“The motorists can divert to the municipalities of Ipil to Titay or the town of Osmeña in Zamboanga del Norte, but it will be a long journey,” Bael said.

The long line of stranded vehicles stretche 2 kilometer long. — Bhong Simbajon/RMN News