Landslide covers 3 vehicles in Eastern Samar

Published January 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Marie Tonette Marticio

TACLOBAN City – Two passenger buses and a utility vehicle (UV) were covered by a mudslide in Barangay Binaloan, Taft, Eastern Samar around 4 P.M., Friday afternoon (January 3).

(Photo by Norman Clyde)
(Photo by Norman Clyde)

According to the Department of Public Works and Highways Eastern Samar District Engineering Office, JM Liner and Eaglestar Buses and a passenger van were were bound for Borongan City from Tacloban City when they were covered by about 10,000 cubic meters of rocks and debris as a result of the incident.

The passengers were able to vacate the vehicles, hence no casualties were recorded.

Prior to the incident, two landslides were reported at around 9:30 and 11:00 A.M. in the area.

Reports said the town has been experiencing heavy rains since Thursday night causing the soil to loosen, which could have triggered the landslide.

As of 6:30 P.M. Friday, the Wright-Taft Road in Barangay Binaloan has not been passable to all types of vehicles. Motorists coming from Tacloban were advised to take alternate route via Buenavista-Lawaan-Marabut.

DPWH has deployed its equipment and manpower to conduct a clearing operation.