EDC moves to avert landslide threat in LeyteFelix N. Codilla

ORMOC CITY – Engineers of the Energy Development Corp. (EDC) and construction company First Balfour conducted an ocular inspection on the slopes of in a portion near the Tongonan Geothermal Power Plant in Capoocan, Leyte where cracks have been discovered that could cause a landslide.

The team is concerned about the new cracks that were not there after a landslide at the area at the height of typhoon Seniang last Dec. 29. Three households that have a total of 11 family members are about 20 meters from the recent landslide.

Dr. Erwin Calo, geotechnical engineer of First Balfour, is concerned the cracks that have a 20-30 cm. displacement would result to a full-blown landslide from just a whole day of heavy downpour. Such an occurrence not only jeopardizes nearby houses but will also push the erosion closer to the road 15 meters away.

The dirt road leads to Mahanagdong power plant, a vital facility operated by EDC. Calo recommends sealing the cracks through grouting using sand cement as a stopgap measure until a permanent solution is arrived at. First Balfour Design Manager Ma. Victoria Mendoza recommends widening the cracks and constructing canals before sealing.

Members of the three households have not yet evacuated despite repeated advices. Joselito Paredes, community partner for livelihood at EDC urged village officials to declare the entire Sitio Cabadyangan a high-risk area and to relocate all households therein. (PNA)

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