Landslide Affects Tourists in Boracay, Philippines

Close to 100 vehicles and thousands of passengers that include foreign tourists coming in and out of Boracay Island have been stranded after a landslide occurred along the national highway in Barangay Libertad, Nabas, Aklan.

S/Insp. Renante Matillano, chief of police of Nabas Philippine National Police Station, said continuous rains since Sunday evening triggered the landslide after loose soils from atop the nearby mountain in Sitio Tolingon, Barangay Libertad in Nabas town gave way.

He said an estimated pile of six-foot high and 20-meter wide loose soils blocked the national highway in the said area that rendered the road impassable to vehicular traffic.

Matillano said the landslide has caused anxiety among stranded passengers particularly those who are catching a flight on their way back to Metro Manila.

The Nabas police chief said that the landslide started Monday morning, covering half of the highway. But early this afternoon, big portions of the mountain sides including boulders covered the entire highway in the area.

Police authorities together with officials of the local government unit of Nabas has advised and helped in the gradual evacuation of stranded passengers to safety for the danger of being hit by thick slabs of soil and fallen rocks from atop the nearby mountain.

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