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Search And Retrieval Operations In Tiwi, Albay Hampered Due To Blocked Roads, Mud, And Debris

ALBAY – Search-and-retrieval operations in Tiwi, Albay, which was hit bu Usman, were hindered due to mud caused by landslides, debris, and blocked roads.

Tropical Depression Usman initially brought heavy rains and strong winds, which caused the flooding of the city of Calbayog in Samar. The typhoon gradually weakened and became a low pressure area.

Usman also brought rains to the municipality of Tiwi in the provinice of Albay, which also flooded the municipality and destroyed a part of
Tiwi-Camarines Sur road and a waiting shed. Residents are forced to walk through mud to reach their destination.

Photo screenshot from: GMA News

A report in GMA News states that Rodel Cipcon of Tiwi’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council unit said that it’s difficult to operate as there are plenty of debris in the streets.

Ronald Casco, a resident in Tiwi, said that the mountain crumbled from above, making residents unable to go down the mountain.

About 15 people in Tiwi died due to Usman. This includes a certain Ranil Consulta and his two children Sharmaine and Jasmine.

As per the report, houses were buried due to landslide, including the house of Marcelina, Zyrus and Mary Rose Climacosa, who were missing. Three unidentified people, who are residents of a nearby barangay of Balais, are also missing. Over the weekend, remains of six people were retrieve by the authorities.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau is gathering data for a permanent evacuation of residents in Tiwi as barangay officials are concerned of the cracks in the area that would threaten the lives of the residents in case another landslide hits the municipality.

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