Major transport bridge in Northern Mindanao snaps

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Mambayaan Bridge, a 50-meter bridge that served as a major link of transportation en route from Cagayan de Oro City to Butuan City gave way about 2:30 p.m. Monday, Balingasag town Mayor Alexis Quina said.

Quina, who went to the scene to observe the raging waters along Mambayaan river, witnessed when the approach of the bridge gave way due to pressure exerted by the raging waters that caused flooding in major areas in Balingasag, a coastal town 50 kilometers east of Cagayan de Oro City.

Quina said that dozens of transport public and private vehicles were stranded in the area causing major congestion. He urged all media outlets in Cagayan de Oro City to make a major announcement of the destruction of the bridge to warn commuters and public transport vehicles that the area was impassable.

Public and private vehicles may use the alternative route in going to Butuan Ctiy from Cagayan de Oro City or vice versa through the Claveria-Gingoog road which will only take two hours travel.

However, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the local government units of Gingoog and Claveria have yet to issue an official statement on whether the alternate Claveira-Gingoog road will be safe for travel. (PNA)

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