Geothermal firm EDC washes hands over Albay landslide; blames heavy rains

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There used to be a village neighborhood of about 90 houses in Manito, Albay, but this landslide Sunday had swept them away during storm typhoon Amang. Photo courtesy of Albay PDRRMC

By Angel Ayala and Joey Natividad

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay, 24Jan2015 (BicolToday.com) – Geothermal firm Energy Development Corporation (EDC) denies responsibility over landslide in Manito, Albay and blames heavy rainfall brought by Typhoon Amang last Sunday.

“The landslide in Inang Maharang, Manito, Albay occurred as a result of the extreme rainfall caused by Typhoon Amang”, said EDC spokesperson Mei Ann Tejada.

EDC said it is coordinating and working with the provincial government of Albay, local governments, the Philippine Army and PDRRMC to provide relief goods and medical assistance to Inang Maharang residents affected by the landslide.

Its team rescued and evacuated more than 300 individuals immediately after the landslide, EDC claimed.

More than 300 people were affected by the landslide during 130 km/hr typhoon, and many lost their homes. (see related article)

EDC has been drilling deep holes into the bedrock to search for hot gasses and geothermal steam which will power turbines in generating mega watts of electricity.

Reports said many deep holes had been drilled within the landslide area in Manito.

Clearing the vegetation and top soil during drilling explorations might have disturbed and loosened the ground earth structure prior to landslide. [BicolToday.com]

Landslide site at Brgy Nogotgot,Sitio Inang Maharang, Manito, Albay. Photo courtesy of Albay PDRRMC

Landslide site at Brgy Nogotgot,Sitio Inang Maharang, Manito, Albay. Photo courtesy of Albay PDRRMC

 

Photo courtesy of Albay PDRRMC

Rescuers gaze at the desert-like landslide area in Manito, Albay, where a happy community of rural folks used to live, but are now gone.. Photo courtesy of Albay PDRRMC

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