During inspection in coordination with concerned local government units, it was found out that immediate conduct of field assessments of massive-landslide affected areas as follows: barangays Atipolo, Canhandungan, Rubas and San Pedro, all Jaro; barangays, Hiluctugan, Lim-ao, Mahawan, Masarayao, San Ignacio, Santo Domingo and Tongonan, in the municipality of Kananga and barangays Tongonan, Cabaon-an, Danao, Cabintay and Milagro, in Ormoc City.
In Jaro, Barangay Rubas was identified to be the biggest landslide as it dumped a significant volume of material into the river. However, no buildings, infrastructures or houses were reportedly destroyed in the municipality. On the other hand, cracks at the partially damaged buildings at Bienvenido Celebre National High School in Brgy. Uguiao, Jaro, Leyte were only observed on non-load bearing portions of the buildings. Water supply in the area has not been affected by the landslide.
In Kananga, it was observed that barangays Lim-ao and Tongonan were heavily affected by landslides and that most of these areas are within the concession of Energy Development Corporation (EDC). There was one (1) casualty recorded in the municipality due to the collapse of a three-storey commercial building. Also, roads and houses were damaged due to the earthquake. Compressional cracks were observed on the road going to Brgy. Tongonan and numerous tension cracks were also evident in Sitio Abucayan, Brgy. Rizal, some of which cut across houses and its surrounding, causing damage. At least seven (7) household were recommended for evacuation to Rizal Gymnasium.
The geohazard team recommended the immediate relocation of the residents in Sitio Abucayan, Brgy. Rizal, Kananga due to the impending threats of landslides and that extensive tension cracks can exacerbate the problem and may cause rain-induced landslides during extreme weather conditions.
Other initial recommendations to the landslide-affected areas include:
- Need for geoscientists (e.g structural and engineering geologist), safety mining/civil engineers;
- Conduct of full EGGAR to include soil and rock stability studies;
- Conduct of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and resistivity/magnetic geophysical survey to determine subsurface geohazards;
- Need for shelter kits and supplies for evacuees;
- After earthquake satellite image acquisition and interpretation of the municipalities of Jaro and Kananga and City of Ormoc, through NAMRIA;
- Use of drone acquired photograph (georeferenced) for inaccessible areas.
Likewise, copies of reports made by the geohazard team were furnished to the MGB CO Director, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, Usec for Field Operations Mario Louis Jacinto and concerned LGUs.