Kennon Road closed to residents and non-residents due to new landslide

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 2 (PIA) — The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council – Task Force Kennon Road reiterated that Kennon Road remains closed to residents and non-residents following   landslide and rock fall over the weekend.

Engineer Ruth Duyo of the Department of Public Works and Highways -Cordillera    explained that the landslide area particularly along Barangay Camp 6, Sitio Camp 5 has an estimated length of 50 meters which covered and blocked the road and affected some residential houses in the area.

A one lane was punched through open on Saturday but the soil above the road remains unstable and still poses threat to motorists and passersby as rainfall or ground movement may trigger more landslides.

At the moment, soil continues to flow from the landslide affected area and road clearing cannot be fully conducted due to the danger it poses.

DPWH-CAR Engineer Ruth Duyo presents the situation of Kennon Road inlcuding the new landslide occurence that caused the closure of the road for all during the CRDRRMC – Task Force Kennon Road Meeting at the OCD-CAR in Baguio CIty. RMC PIA-CAR

Office of Civil Defense -CAR Chief Disaster Risk Reduction Management  Officer Edgardo Ollet stressed that the closure of the road is for everyone’s safety. “To ensure that no lives or properties would be lost,  there is a need to close Kennon Road,” he said.

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For residents in the lower areas of Camp 4 down to Camp 1 who are going to Baguio City, they are advised to use Marcos Highway rather than risk their lives walking thru the landslide affected area. In the past months, Kennon Road was opened for the use of residents only.

The CRDRRMC also recommend for the DSWD-CAR and the Tuba local government unit to coordinate with the barangay officials in the area to  conduct pre-emptive evacuation to the affected residents along the highway and even at the top of the mountain side to ensure their safety.

According to the CRDRRMC-Task Force, the road closure will remain and should be strictly followed by all concerned stakeholders to ensure safety of motorists passing thru and residents in the area.  (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)

 

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