Another sinkhole found in South Cotabato, puzzling residents

KORONADAL CITY — Another sinkhole was found in South Cotabato, this time smaller but dangerous, being in the middle of a residential area in Tupi town, officials and residents said.

The discovery of the sinkhole in Barangay Crossing, Rubber, Tupi, South Cotabato on Thursday came four days after a huge sinkhole threatened 134 families in Polomolok, South Cotabato.

“It’s like a quicksand with eerie sounds from under,” Teresa Eroy, a local resident, said in describing the sinkhole which is five meters away from her home.

According to Eroy, residents have been puzzled by the hole which they also used as garbage area.

Last week, they decided to pour in irrigation water into the sinkhole but the water suddenly disappeared coupled with rumbling sounds from underneath the earth.

“Then about 10 meters away, another sinkhole appeared and water was seen rushing under it,” Eroy said, adding there could be a tunnel under it.

The local government of Tupi has sent personnel to fence the sinkhole to avoid accidents among the villagers. It also ordered to put earth fillings into the hole.

Meanwhile, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 12 have taken samples of a sinkhole in Polomolok.

The 50-meter in diameter and 50-meter deep sinkhole in Purok Honeyville, Barangay Silway 8, Polomolok has forced the local government unit to evacuate 134 families.

The area is now off limits to the locals with makeshift fence surrounding the hole. PNA/