Sadanga, Mt. Province – Several days after the 7-magnitude earthquake shook Northern Luzon, its effects are still being experienced in Mt. Province.
One of the latest occurrences was the reported sinking of an area in the Municipality of Sadanga, causing alarm and prompting an evacuation.
The Sadanga Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO - Sadanga) said the incident happened in Sitio Tatabra-an in Barangay Sacasacan, Sadanga near houses and rice storage areas.
According to the aforementioned office, the land has been sinking a meter a day since August 4.
The Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council declared Sacasacan under a state of calamity due to the incident.
Five families residing in the said area were reported by the MSWDO to have already abandoned their houses since they are no longer safe for occupation. Twelve others are critically affected and are partially damaged.
Although partially damaged, they were likewise advised to evacuate for their safety.
With the incident, “community bayanihan” was conducted in said sitio to keep safe the personal belongings of those affected by the incident.
Quake damages now at P1.4 billion
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Friday, August 5, said the damages brought by the quake are now estimated at nearly P1.4 Billion.
This estimate covers only the quake-affected regions particularly Cordillera Administrative Region and Ilocos region.
As to the death toll, CAR has recorded 10 deaths with one from the Ilocos Region.
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