'Glenda' destroys bridge in Batangas

Posted at 07/16/2014 3:48 PM | Updated as of 07/16/2014 4:37 PM

BATANGAS CITY - A 22-year old bridge used by thousands of motorists everyday collapsed in Batangas City during the onslaught of typhoon "Glenda" Wednesday morning, officials said.

Batangas City administrator Phillip Baroja said Calumpang bridge collapsed at around 9:30 a.m. amid heavy rains and strong winds.

"Tumaas ang tubig ng Calumpang river at bumigay iyung foundation ng bridge dahil sa napakalakas na daloy ng tubig," Baroja said.

Built in 1992, the bridge provides a direct connection to the city proper through Barangay Pallocan West. It is 100 meters long.

Baroja said the bridge is used by thousands of motorists everyday and its destruction will cause heavy traffic along alternate routes in the city.

"Malaki ang epekto ng pagkasira dahil mapapalayo din ang byahe ng mga estudyante, lalaki ang pamasahe at ganoon din ang mga goods na mula sa mga bulubunduking barangay na dito lahat dumadaan," he said.

No one was reported hurt in the incident, but residents in the area were asked to evacuate due to the continuous rise of the water level.

Meanwhile, more than 2,400 individuals were evacuated in safer grounds in Batangas City during the preemptive and forced evacuation conducted by the local government.

Baroja said 543 families, mostly Badjao tribesmen, were evacuated from Barangays Malitam, Cuta, Pallocan, Sta. Rita, Gulod Labac and Sta. Clara. Most of them live in riverbanks and coastal areas.