Soil erosion destroys more than 20 tombs in Zamboanga City

RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 19 2016 01:07 AM

Several tombs were destroyed inside a public cemetery in in Barangay Ayala in Zamboanga City as soil eroded due to strong waves near the coastal area. Image via Google Maps Street View

ZAMBOANGA CITY – More than 20 tombs in a public cemetery in Barangay Ayala in Zamboanga City were destroyed after soil eroded in the coastal area.

According Alex Macapili, barangay kagawad in Ayala, big waves caused the soil in the cemetery to erode starting last month.

Some of the old concrete graves collapsed and the old seawall was likewise affected.

Two big cracks surfaced on the both sides of the seawall, which was initially constructed to protect the grave site from further eroding. 

Macapili said family members of those whose tombs were destroyed have been notified of the incident.

The barangay has passed a resolution seeking the immediate help of the Zamboanga City engineer's office to inspect and rehabilitate the affected seawall. 

The barangay official also expressed concern over the safety of some residents living near the grave sites, as some children were seen near the deteriorating seawall.