A team of geologists, civil engineers, safety/rescue engineers left for Ormoc City to help study the geological impacts of the earthquake on Monday.

The team from Mines and Geosciences Bureau – 7 and Carmen Copper Corp. (CCC) were deployed in the wake of the 6.5 magnitude quake in Leyte. The team will assist the local government units in Leyte.

“We sent our geologist together with the team from CCC to help faciliate the assessment of the landslide áreas after a strong quake recently rocked Leyte. They will also check damaged school structures,” said Loreto B. Alburo, MGB-7 director.

Geologists from MGB from different regions were assigned to lead a group of geologists from other mining companies from other regions who volunteered to help.

CCC also brought food packs and bottled water to augment the relief goods operation in the affected áreas.

MGB-7 and Carmen Copper Corp. courtesy call to the Office of the City Mayor Richard Gomez. (Photo grabbed from Ormoc City Facebook account)

The company may also adopt a school to rehabilitate said Ignacio Alburo, Carmen Copper AVP for General Services. This is part of the mining company’s social development management program (SDMP) to reach out to communities not only within their host and neighboring barangays but also to disaster-hit áreas.

Meanwhile, Chief geologist Al Emil Berador said Central Visayas has not received reports of any major damage caused by the earthquake. However, he advised local government units in áreas identified as landslide-prone to continue to be alert especially during rainy days.

“During the rainy days, the ground is saturated and those áreas with steep slopes or previously identified as danger zones may have a landslide. An earthquake may also trigger the slide,” Berador explained.