• Lake Sebu areas monitored for ground cracks


    GENERAL SANTOS CITY: Disaster personnel are closely watching three upland communities in Lake Sebu town, South Cotabato with the emergence of ground fissures or cracks “indicative of possible landslide.”

    Roberto Bagong, Lake Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) head, on Monday said the cracks emerged last week in some parts of Sitios T’bob, Bong and Tekansad in Barangay Lamcade.

    He added that local residents initially raised concern that the ground fissures, which were found in sloping areas, could lead to possible sinkholes.

    But he said an assessment conducted over the weekend by the Provincial DRRMO and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Region 12 showed that they were “tension cracks indicative of a possible landslide.”

    “We’re continually monitoring the situation there, especially for developments that could lead to possible disasters,” Bagong said in a radio interview.

    He added that MGB personnel who assessed the site declared that the situation is not considered alarming, but advised residents to avoid the area as the cracks could trigger landslides during heavy rains.

    The MGB, however, did not recommend the immediate relocation of around 60 families situated near the site but it remains an option in case the situation eventually worsens, Bagong said.

    The local government, he added, is preparing for the conduct of additional studies and assessments in Barangay Lamcade of similar occurrences.


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