Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Zamboanga Highway Collapses, Hundreds Of Commuters Stranded

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 29, 2008) – Hundreds of commuters were stranded in Zamboanga City after a portion of a highway collapsed Tuesday.

“The road is now closed and we are working on a diversion road to allow motorists to pass,” said Mayor Celso Lobregat, who inspected the site in the hillside village of Victoria.

Villagers blamed torrential rains the past months to the erosion of the soil that led to the collapse of the concrete road. There were no reports of accidents, but thousands of commuters had been stranded in Zamboanga City because provincial buses cannot pass the road.

About 100 meters of the highway was destroyed after soil beneath the road collapsed about four feet below. Surprisingly, the broken concrete slabs had no steel supports.

Last month, a pregnant mother and her child were killed after a landslide buried a house on the hillside village of Maasin also in Zamboanga City. Heavy rains triggered by typhoon Fengshen had loosened soil that buried the house. (Mindanao Examiner)

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