ESDEO expedites clearing of landslide areas after nonstop rains
Borongan City, Eastern Samar – The Eastern Samar District Engineering Office (ESDEO) of the Department of Public Works of Highways (DPWH) immediately dispatched teams to clear landslides that affected major traffic routes in its jurisdiction after a 2-day non-stop monsoon rain.
Data gathered by District Engineer Manolo Rojas which were followed up through ocular inspections, showed that Sabang North in Borongan City, was rendered non-passable to commuters Friday, 10 o’clock in the evening. The road was already cleared up by DPWH maintenance team at around 3 o’clock of Saturday morning.
ESDEO however made a public advisory on Saturday that Taft Junction – Buray road was closed to traffic due to landslides and road slips along Brgy. Fatima of Hinabangan town in Samar. As of press time, the advisory has not been lifted up yet.
“There is no other route coming in and going out of the province but the Buenavista Junction – Basey road,” DE Rojas said. “We already have dispatched a team to help the Samar team in clearing the area,” he said.
The work, however, will take time as big portion of the affected area has a road slip. Almost over half of the road gave in to soil erosion making it dangerous for any vehicle to pass by.
There had been no major road problems in the southern part of Eastern Samar.
Assistant District Engineer Rudyard Lim, meanwhile, said that the office is still collecting data if there are other infrastructures that had been damaged due to severe flooding in many parts of Jipapad, Maslog, Arteche, Oras, San Policarpo and Dolores.
Lim called on the commuters to take extra care in travels. “Please be careful especially that a lot of people are going somewhere this holiday season,” he said.
Many parts of the country were affected during the weekend by incessant rains due to northeast monsoon. State weather bureau forecasted that the week will also be rainy towards Christmas Day. (Bryan Azura)