6 hurt as perimeter wall collapses over Antipolo shanties

6 hurt as perimeter wall collapses over Antipolo shanties
By Kristine L. Alave
Inquirer
Last updated 04:53pm (Mla time) 08/08/2007

MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE 3) Six people were hurt after a wall collapsed on three shanties in Antipolo City early morning Wednesday, police reported.

Superintendent Danilo Macerin, chief of the Antipolo City police, said six members of the Arurong family sustained minor injuries when a part of Brent Wood subdivision wall fell on three houses in Sitio (Sub-village) Maligaya I, Barangay (village) Mambugan, Antipolo City at around 4 a.m.

Macerin said the Arurongs’ house was directly hit as it was closest to the wall. The victims were identified as Jose, Arlene, Ameriza, Adrian, Armida, and Angelo Arurong, he said.

Armida, 22, and Ameriza, 23, who were partly pinned down by debris, sustained concussions and bruises in different parts of their body, police said. Luzviminda, the mother, was unscathed.

Police said witnesses yelled when they saw the wall falling and awakened the families living in the shanties. No injuries were reported from the other families living in the area.

Macerin said the victims were taken to Amang Rodriguez Medical Center in Marikina City and to the Antipolo City Medical Center for treatment.

 

Macerin said city officials would investigate the exact cause of the collapse. He noted that initial investigation showed that the Arurongs’ house was leaning on the wall made of hollow blocks.

 

Macerin said the wall was constructed in 1994 and that incessant rains in the past few days possibly weakened the foundation of the structure.

He also noted that the Arurong family might have damaged parts of the wall when they built their house against it. “Their house was really close to the wall,” Macerin said, adding that it was easily destroyed because it was mostly built with wooden materials.

 

The downpour, induced by Tropical Storm “Chedeng” (international codename: Pabuk) and a new storm brewing off the country’s northeast, flooded many streets in metropolitan Manila, forcing schools to close and leaving commuters stranded, officials said. Rain is forecast for the coming days.

 

“Chedeng” was blowing from the Philippines’ mountainous north and heading toward southern Taiwan, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.

 

Floodwaters submerged nearly all of suburban Malabon City near the capital, with the waters reaching up to neck deep in some low-lying neighborhoods. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in the city, local government spokesman Bong Padua said.

 

The rains followed a three-month dry spell that prompted clergy to urge congregations across the predominantly Roman Catholic country to pray for rain over the weekend. The dry spell had led to water shortages and caused sporadic electricity blackouts in the bustling capital.

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