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Trapped villagers, workers rescued in Kidapawan landslides

May 31, 2021 - Monday 9:05 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image ROAD CLEARING. North Cotabato provincial public works personnel clear portions of the national highway of soil and trees that blocked the road leading to Barangay Ilomavis, Kidapawan City on Sunday evening (May 30, 2021. Some 250 families and 20 employees of the Energy Development Corporation were cut off from the main road but were eventually rescued after several hours. (Photos courtesy of NoCot PIO)

KIDAPAWAN CITY – At least 250 families and 20 employees of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) in Barangay Ilomavis here were rescued Sunday evening after being trapped for several hours following rain-induced landslides in the area.

In a report to North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco Monday, Board Member Philbert Malaluan, said intermittent downpours caused the Kabacan River to overflow, inundating low-lying communities and farmlands and triggering landslides that cut traffic flow in three upland villages here.

Huge boulders and soil also covered several meters of the Ilomavis section of the highway, cutting traffic going to the city proper, Malaluan said.

Ilomavis village chief Jimmy Mantawil said all the families living in the critical and landslide-prone areas of the village were rescued by the emergency responders of the provincial government.

Barangay Ilomavis hosts the EDC geothermal plant situated at the slope of the country’s highest peak, Mt. Apo.

“We are glad nobody died or was injured in the calamity,” Mantawil said.

Clearing operations to remove huge boulders and trees along the highway are still ongoing amid light to heavy downpours.

Catamco called on local government executives to place their respective disaster units on standby and available should any emergency occurs. Edwin Fernandez