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State of calamity sought in Cordillera’s sinking village

Artemio Dumlao - The Philippine Star

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — A village in Sadanga, Mountain Province is reportedly sinking, prompting barangay and disaster officials to seek a declaration of a state of calamity.

Houses, rice granaries and other properties in Sitio Tatabra-an in Barangay Sacasacan sustained damage as the ground level sinks by a meter each day, authorities said.

The municipal social welfare office said the sinking of the village started after an earthquake occurred on Jan. 27.

The movement of the ground reportedly intensified on Aug. 4.

Reports said five houses made of heavy materials became uninhabitable and four rice granaries were no longer useful due to damage they sustained from the sinking.

Authorities have closed roads leading to the area to prevent any untoward incident.

Villagers have joined hands in transferring necessary structures like wooden rice granaries to safer ground.

STATE OF CALAMITY

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