25 Lake Sebu families evacuated due to flood, landslides threat

Published May 27, 2021, 12:50 PM

by Philippine News Agency

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The municipal government of Lake Sebu has evacuated some 25 families in its two barangays due to the threats posed by possible landslides and flashflood along a creek in the area.

Rolly Doane Aquino, acting head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), said Thursday the move was a precautionary measure due to the heavy flow of water coming from the outlet situated inside the Merl Garden Spring Resort in Barangay Lake Lahit.

UNUSUAL FLOOD. Authorities and residents inspect the unusual volume of water coming out from a mountain outlet of Lake Lahit in Lake Sebu town, South Cotabato. (Lake Sebu Municipal Information Office/MANILA BULLETIN)

The water volume reportedly increased by almost 10 times from the usual flow as monitored by concerned residents, he said.

Before that, he said a grumbling sound was heard from a nearby mountain on Monday night and a mild shaking occurred Tuesday dawn due to the magnitude 4.6 earthquake in Sarangani that was felt at Intensity II in the province.

Aquino said they confirmed the occurrence in an assessment on Wednesday along with personnel from the Lake Sebu Municipal DRRMO and geologists from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)-Region 12.

“It was an unusual occurrence because there were no springs from that mountain before. We closely monitored the site as the soil might turn loose and cause landslides,” he said in the local government’s radio program “PDRRMO Hour.”

The affected residents were advised by the local government of Lake Sebu to keep off the monitored sites pending the release within the week of the MGB-12’s assessment, he said.

The 24-hectare Lake Lahit is one of the famed three lakes of Lake Sebu town, which is dubbed the “summer capital of South Cotabato.” The two others are Sebu and Seloton.