By Lou Ellen L. Antonio
MARAWI CITY, June 28 (PIA) — Various national and local government agencies responded to the soil erosion due to heavy rainfall in Lakeview Transitional Shelter Site (TSS) in Barangay Boganga, this city.
At around 7:00 PM on Friday, the soil erosion caused mud flood estimated to be knee level high.
The City’s Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) together with Vice Mayor Anouar Abdulrauf, Marawi City Police, 82nd Infantry Battalion (IB) under 103rd Infantry Brigade and 55th Engineer Brigade (EB) of the Philippine Army and Barangay emergency teams immediately responded and controlled the soil erosion and mud flood situation.
Identified heavenly-affected areas are Block 53 to 54, Division 7 of the TSS. No casualty was recorded but eight families were affected. The families were immediately moved to non-affected shelter units. The Marawi City Health Office (CHO) also provided them with hygiene kits.
The troops from the 82nd IB and 55th EB and personnel from the Department of Public Works and Highways continued to remove the mud deposits caused by soil erosion.
The National Housing Authority (NHA), City Environment and Natural Resources Office, CDRRMO, CSWO, CHO, Task Force Bangon Marawi, Action Against Hunger (AAH), Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits, Inc. (ECOWEB), and Community and Family Services International (CFSI) conducted an assessment on Saturday morning.
“Nag drone na tayo para ma assess ang tributary area para sa ulan or rainwater runoff. Ipadivert natin ang ulan sa pinakamalapit na galley or daanan ng ulan,” said NHA-Marawi Project Management Office head, Engr. Clemente Dayot.
[We already have conducted drone shots to assess the tributary area for the rainwater runoff. We will divert the rainfall to the nearest galley.]
Dayot also said that a gabion – a cage, cylinder or box filled with rocks or concrete will be recommended to be built. He also shared that there will be a meeting between NHA, TFBM and LGU Marawi on Monday to further discuss the mitigation of the said soil erosion.
CSWDO also provided preparedness orientation if the same situation will occur. They also reminded the parents to monitor their children. (LELA/ PIA ICIC)