BATANGAS CITY: An important bridge used by thousands of motorists everyday collapsed in Batangas City during the onslaught of Typhoon Glenda (international name: Rammasun) on Wednesday morning.
Batangas City administrator Phillip Baroja said the Ca–lumpang bridge collapsed at about 9:30 a.m. from heavy rains and strong river current caused by the typhoon.
“The water level of Calumpang river rose and the foundation of the bridge gave in, also because of the strong current of the river’s waters,” Baroja said in Filipino.
Built in 1992, the bridge provides a direct connection to the city proper through barangay Pallocan West. It is 100 meters long.
Baroja said the bridge is used by thousands of motorists everyday and its destruction will cause heavy traffic along alternate routes to and from the city.
“The adverse effect of the collapse of the bridge will be greatly felt because students have long commutes, and their daily fare will increase. The prices of products from the mountainous barangays [villages]will also increase because the products also pass through the bridge,” Baroja added.
No one was reported hurt in the in incident but residents in the area were asked to evacuate because of the continuing rise of the water level of the bridge at the height of the typhoon.
More roads closed
At least 10 road sections and one bridge were closed or destroyed after Glenda hit some areas in Luzon and Visayas on Wednesday.
In a situational report released by the Department of Public Works and Highways on Wednesday, three road sections in Central Luzon were closed to traffic because of flooding and mud; five road sections in the Southern Tagalog Region, particularly in Batangas, were closed to traffic because of flooding, landslides/rockslides and fallen trees; one road section in Mindoro Occi–dental was closed to traffic from flooding; and one road section closed to traffic in Bicol Region because fallen trees.
In Central Luzon, the Aurora-Nueva Ecija Road was damaged by the swelling of Cabatangan River to a height of 1.5 to 2.0 meters.
WITH REPORT FROM ROBERTZON RAMIREZ