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3 roads, 10 bridges in Visayas impassable after quake; damage estimated at P265.76M

February 9, 2012 7:58am

Visayas quake destroys Negros Or. road network, cuts off remote towns
Visayas quake destroys Negros Or. road network, cuts off remote towns. A vehicle transporting the body of an earthquake victim tries to pass through a heavily damaged road in La Libertad, Negros Oriental on Tuesday. A magnitude-6.9 earthquake jolted the Visayas on Monday killing at least 26 people. Reuters/Erik De Castro
(Updated 8:09 a.m.) - At least three roads and 10 bridges in Visayas remained impassable in the wake of a magnitude-6.9 quake that devastated the region Monday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Thursday.
 
In its 6 a.m. update on Thursday, the NDRRMC also said the initial estimated damage to roads and bridges was pegged at P265.759 million.
 
The NDRRMC said the impassable bridges in Negros Oriental are:

La Libertad:
  • Martilo RCDG Bridge
  • La Libertad Bridge
  • Malaiba Bridge
Jimalalud:
  • Pangaloan Bridge
  • San Jose SPG Bridge
  • Jimalalud Bridge
Guihulngan:
  • Bateria SPG Bridge
  • Tinayunan Bridge
  • P. Zamora Bridge
  • Habag Bridge
 
The NDRRMC said the bridges had collapsed spans, damaged approaches, collapsed abutment, twisting, misaligned spans and collapsed piers.
 
At least three road sections were impassable, including one in Dumaguete (Dumaguete North Road) and two in Badian in Cebu (Dalaguete-Manlalongan-Badian Road from Km 112.300 to Km 112.400 and Dalaguete-Manlalongan-Badian Road, Km 111.300) due to cracks/cuts, rock fall, landslides and road slips.
 
At least 976 houses were destroyed while 943 were damaged in Bindoy, Jimalalud, Vallehermoso, Tayasan, La Libertad, Guihulngan City, and Bais City, all in Negros Oriental.
 
The NDRRMC said the quake affected 14,803 families or 74,017 people in 59 barangays in eight municipalities and one city in Central Visayas.
 
Of these, 1,527 families or 7,657 persons are being served in 30 evacuation centers.

The NDRRMC said local chief executives and electric cooperatives agreed to work to restore electricity in one week from Feb. 8.
 
As of Feb. 8, port operations in Negros Oriental were back to normal except for Guihulngan Port. Bolodo Port, located 10 km away from the city proper, has been designated as an alternative port.
 
Meanwhile, the Department of Trade and Industry issued an order against the increases in prices of prime commodities, the NDRRMC said.–KG, GMA News

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