Landslide endangers students in Zambo school

ZAMBOANGA CITY, (PNA) -– A barangay official has expressed deep concerns on the safety of students in one of the schools as classes are set to resume Wednesday in this southern port city.

San Roque Barangay Chairman Randy Bancairin said Monday said that one side of the Salum Elementary School in his barangay remained covered with soil due to the landslide triggered by a flash flood last October 9.

Barangay San Roque is located six kilometers west of City Hall.

The continuous heavy downpour spawned by the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) experienced in this city last week triggered flash flood.

“The soil from a nearby hill eroded and covered one side of the school,” Bancairin said.

The Salum Elementary School, which is a six-classroom learning institution, has a total of 200 students from Grades 1 to 6. It is run by six teachers headed by Dodong Raga as the school principal.

Bancairin said he is worried on the safety of the students although there was no damage due to the landslide.

Bancairin said the place was already inspected by city engineer’s office personnel and he is waiting for the outcome of the assessment report.

Classes in different schools in this city were suspended due to the standoff and last week’s flash flood and are set to resume on Wednesday, October 16.