By Cheng Ordonez, Associate Editor
THE situation in the village of Looc, Villanueva town in Misamis Oriental, remained crucial to hundreds of people affected by cracks in the different parts of their houses, fearing collapse of the community in Sitio Madrid should rain waters continue to soften the ground where their houses stand.
At least, 66 families remained temporarily housed at the evacuation centers in Villanuava town since last Thursday when cracks have become more and more visible, and barangay officials enforced a mass evacuation for households of at least three puroks.
Residents are advised not to enter Sitio Madrid in Looc due to the situation, especially so that PAGASA has reported spotted anew a low pressure area (LPA) that will affect Mindanao this week.
Hundreds of residents were forced to flee their homes last week, following visible cracks in their homes and road pavements, which can be seen in the entire stretch of, at least, two to three puroks in sitio Looc.
Earlier, the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau or MGB has already informed town officials of the signs of danger, but residents remained in their houses until the cracks became apparent due to the softening of the soil caused by continuous rains spawned by LPA and TD Agaton.
In Lanao del Norte, the DPWH has announced that the bailey bridge constructed parallel to the Napo bridge that collapsed January 13 due to the swelling of Napo river has re-connected the towns of Linamon and Kauswagan.
The bridge can accommodate vehicles weighing not more than 20 tons to pass through.
The DPWH has fast track the construction of the temporary bridge because the damage has caused difficulties to commuters and has affected the economy of Northern Mindanao due to non-transport of commodities.