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Davao del Sur town bridge shut down following strong quake

/ 06:41 AM December 16, 2019

BANSALAN, DAVAO DEL SUR—Village officials have closed the “Tulay ng Pangulo” (Presidential Steel Bridge) in Barangay New Clarin here after
cracks were spotted on the  ground  following the magnitude 6.9 quake that jolted this part of Mindanao Sunday afternoon.

The 72nd IB clears a road struck by a landslide in Barangay Balabag, Kidapawan City following a magnitude 6.9 earthquake that jolted parts of Mindanao Sunday afternoon. (Photo from Eastern Mindanao Command)

New Clarin Barangay Captain Hamil Potarcos said they monitored the cracks near the bridge after the powerful quake, whose epicenter was
traced 6 kilometers northwest of the nearby Padada town, hit this area at intensity six.

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The steel bridge, which links Bansalan to the nearby towns of Magsaysay and Matanao, was inaugurated by former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the 90s.

It was funded by the Special Zone of Peace and Development (SZOPAD).

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In Barangay Balabag, Kidapawan City in Cotabato province, the  72nd Infantry Battalion cleared roads strewn with debris after the earthquake struck.

The clearing operation prevented the barangay from being isolated, the Eastern Mindanao Command said.

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