It is rainy season and the lands are most of the times wet. This is one of the reasons why sinkholes appear. In the case of the 237 residents in north Cebu, a very large sinkhole appeared that is allegedly been made by precipitation due to the coming of different typhoons in the PAR lately including typhoon Glenda.
The total number of families that evacuated was 102 and they went to the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Sitio Dapdap, Barangay Langub, Kinatarkan islet off Sta. Fe town in Bantayan for safety. The area is now under inspection by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region 7 through Emil Bernador who is a chief geologist as reported by Interaksyon.
Before that, according to Bernador, the affected area including the subsidence or the sinkhole with some tension cracks is about 20 meters by 40 meters which continues to be progressing is underlain or carpeted with coraline limestone. This was his statement upon inspecting the said sinkhole.
When Sta. Fe Mayor Jose Esgana called MGB 7 regional director Loreto Alburo, the director recommended that a precautionary measure should be taken by the local government units in order to avoid any danger that has something to do with the sudden appearance of sinkholes.
The houses were 10 to 15 meters away from the sinkhole and it is very dangerous to stay in the area. The authority is now looking for possible relocation area of the families that were affected by the sinkhole. And because of this, they will be given a safe place to stay according to what Alburo said.
As what I have said, this is already rainy days and the ground is mostly wet. Let us take precautionary actions and be on lookout on our own areas especially if we suspect that a sinkhole might appear anytime.