- A concrete wall near Manila City jail collapsed, leaving two dead and an unidentified number of individuals trapped
- A part of the seven-foot wall that serves as the city jail's boundary collapsed due to heavy rains
- Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada sent 50 rescuers and other rescue teams assisted in the rescue operations
A concrete wall in Sta. Cruz Manila just outside Manila City Jail collapsed on Saturday morning, leaving two siblings dead and several people injured.
According to Johnny Yu, Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) head, along Doroteo Jose corner Oroquita streets, four shanties were reportedly pinned down by concrete debris. He added that an unidentified number of individuals were trapped.
“It is a boundary wall. Wall lang siya na tinayuan ng mga informal settlers doon sa tabi, so n’ung bumagsak ‘yun, malamang naka-adjacent ‘yan or nakadikit ‘yan doon sa wall ng Manila City Jail,” said Yu.
(It’s a boundary wall. It was a wall where informal settlers stay and build their shanties, so when it collapsed, it was probably adjacent or attached to Manila City Jail’s wall.)
Yu stated that the incident happened around 9 a.m. where a portion of the seven-foot wall, which serves as the boundary outside the city jail compound collapsed because of the heavy rain. The wall was said to have crushed five shanties that were occupied by about 20 people.
Yu added that as of 10 a.m. two people were rescued from the debris. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has already sent 50 rescuers and other emergency units, according to Yu, to help assist the families who were affected.
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Estrada said during an interview: “All available rescue and emergency units are now on the scene as we speak. We are exerting all effort to assist them.” He added that the medical needs of those affected will be taken care of the city government.
The Department of Health (DOH) also sent ambulances, together with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Manila Police District (MPD), that also sent personnel to help in the rescue operations.
The wakes of the two brothers are currently located on a sidewalk in front of the debris. Susan Viriña, the grandmother of the two was deeply saddened by th eincident, while Mary Grace Berdad, one of the affected victims of the incident pleaded for help. - Kami Media