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Landslide sends 15 refugees to shelter in Guánica



Public Safety Secretary Alexis Torres Ríos and Bureau of Emergency Management and Disaster Administration Commissioner Nino Correa Filomeno assessed the damage from a landslide in Guánica on Sunday (DSP/Facebook)

By The Star Staff


Guánica Mayor Ismael “Titi” Rodríguez Ramos said Sunday that the municipality is housing 15 refugees in the María Luisa McDougall School due to the instability of the terrain near a landslide that occurred in the community of Alturas de Bélgica.


“This situation has taken us all by surprise and we activated all available resources to assist the affected families,” the mayor said in a written statement. “We are grateful for the assistance of the director of the Emergency Management Bureau, Nino Correa Filomeno, as well as [La Fortaleza] Chief of Staff Noelia García, who has been in communication with us. The secretary of the Department of Housing is scheduled to visit on Tuesday, as we are looking at the options available to these refugees.”


The situation originated about four days ago, but cracks in the road and terrain, particularly on Calle Las Rosas, have been worsening, a situation that is attributed to the rainfall events of the past few days.


Also on Sunday, Public Safety Secretary Alexis Torres Ríos and Bureau of Emergency Management and Disaster Administration Commissioner Nino Correa Filomeno, along with personnel from Guánica’s Municipal Office of Emergency Management, visited the impacted community to follow up on the work plan after the landslide.


The southwestern coastal town’s emergency management office is waiting for the results of the geological studies conducted by the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources and personnel from the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority.


The landslide in Guánica sent 15 residents to a shelter in the southwestern town. (Ismael Titi Rodríguez/Facebook)

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