Hundreds of people, including foreign and local tourists, were stranded when a landslide hit a portion of the highway in Nabas, Aklan, leading to Boracay Island, Monday afternoon, police said.
Mud and rocks fell around 1 p.m. along National Highway in Brgy. Libertad, Supt. Ranulfo Demiar, operations chief of the Western Visayas regional police, said.
“Ten to 15 meters of the highway was covered by the mudflow. No vehicles can pass, both coming in and out of Caticlan, Malay,” Demiar said in a text message.“Kung bibilangin natin, more than 100 vehicles, including tourist buses and passenger vans, ang nade-delay, naka-line up lahat. Maraming tourists going to and from Boracay ang affected,” Senior Insp. Reynante Matillano, Nabas Police chief, said by phone.
Heavy equipment from the provincial government were sent to clear the debris.
As of 5 p.m., one lane of the highway has been cleared so vehicles are now taking turns in passing through, Matillano said. (John Roson)
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