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Dangerous road closed

The Sitio Oyot, Barangay Guimbalaon road in Silay City leading to two tourist destinations has been closed since Monday as erosion caused by heavy rains has made it very dangerous to pass, Mayor Mark Golez said yesterday.

Repair will be undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways since it is a national road, Golez added.

Guimbalaon Barangay Captain Claro Denosta said the rain water that seeped into the soil led to the erosion of the shoulder of the road and the bottom of one lane on the side of a cliff.

They decided to close the road because vehicles that pass overits section that is hollow below could fall into the cliff, Denosta said.

The road leads to Lantawon View and Barangay Patag that are frequented by tourists, Denosta added.

The length of the eroded left lane is about 30 meters, and is beside a 120-meter deep cliff, retired Police Supt Alexander Muñoz, Silay City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head, said.

The landslide structural guards of the road were destroyed when the soil eroded, he added.

The eroded area of the Guimbalaon road is approximately 3 to 4 kilometers after the Sangay Bridge in Hacienda Hilado, Muñoz said.

DPWH personnel have already inspected the road for repair, Denosta said. He does not know when it can be reopened to traffic, however.

Those who wish to go to Patag and Lantawan View can pass through the Barangay Eustaquio Lopez Road, Denosta said.*CPG




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