Nat’l road in G. Hernandez blocked after heavy rains trigger landslides

Department of Public Works and Highways personnel start clearing operations in Garcia Hernandez on Wednesday morning after a landslide caused rocks and mud to cascade and partially block a national road. |Photo: Jun Gutierrez

A segment of the national road along Barangay Cayam in Garcia Hernandez has been blocked by rocks and mud following continued landslides caused by heavy rains brought by tropical cyclone Paolo.

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According to PO2 Jay Ingito of the Garcia Hernandez Police Station, the landslide happened at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday night based on a report made by a concerned citizen who alerted authorities.

Responding police officers found one lane of the road portion blocked by eroded land and trees.

At least two motorcyclists have been reportedly injured after slipping and crashing due to the slippery and muddy road in the area.

Both victims were taken to a hospital and treated for their injuries but were immediately discharged.

According to Ingito, the first landslide only caused minor blockage along the highway but continued rains caused more land to cascade and cover the road at around 11 p.m.

For its part, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and the Department of Public Works and Highways immediately conducted clearing operations. (A. Doydora)



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