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Sinkhole growing in Isabela

The earth caved in when a cargo truck passed through a rough road in the center of Barangay Sikatuna, Isabela town in Negros Occidental, yesterday and created a sinkhole that was growing in size, a town official said.

The sinkhole initially measured four feet deep with a radius of one meter in the barangay that is 27 kilometers from the town proper, Carlos Malabor, executive assistant to Mayor Francis Malabor said.

The rainwater filling the sinkhole is making it grow bigger and the area has been cordoned off, as the earth could cave in further, he said.

The wheels of the truck got caught in the hole and it had to be towed out, he said.

The sinkhole is located between two stores in the barangay and their owners have been advised to move their goods out.

It is also near the barangay market, he added.

Malabor said a native makeshift torch was found in the sinkhole with a newspaper wick dated Nov. 29, 1970.

It was not a landslide, he stressed.*CPG

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