Busay landslide sweeps 4 houses, forces evacuation

A LANDSLIDE in Sitio Graje in the mountain barangay of Busay, Cebu City swept four homes, including the house of Barangay Captain Ma. Christia Famador.

Jenivy Famador, Christia’s niece, said she and her aunt were both out when it happened around 5 p.m. Saturday, October 29, 2022.

Jenivy, who lives with the barangay captain, said she was on her way to another relative’s house in NHA Village when she immediately made her way back after she received a photo of the incident on her cellphone.

Christia, who was attending an assembly at the barangay hall, also rushed back when she received the news.

When they arrived at the scene, they saw a gaping hole where the house once stood. It had settled at the bottom of the ravine along with three other houses and tons of soil and other debris.

No one was hurt.

The barangay is monitoring three houses, which are also in danger of sliding down the slope as the rain-soaked ground continues to shake while water from higher ground continues to flow down the road.

Several residents have already evacuated with their most prized possessions.

Intermittent rains since Wednesday due to Severe Tropical Storm Paeng may have loosened the soil that caused the landslide.

Because of Saturday afternoon’s incident, four-wheel vehicles from Cebu City going to Balamban town in the western side of Cebu Island and vice versa have to take a detour to Barangay Babag 2 when they get to Sitio Graje

Meanwhile, only motorcycles are allowed to use the road going to the neighboring barangay of Malubog, but vehicles from Malubog have been allowed to leave one by one to decongest the area.

Residents there are worried by the constant rumbling of the surface. (BBT/PJB)