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(1st UPDATE) Plaza Ruiz in Binondo, Manila, will be temporarily closed as authorities clear the area
MANILA, Philippines – Three individuals were injured while eight parked vehicles were damaged after some electric posts collapsed in Plaza Ruiz in Binondo, Manila, on Thursday afternoon, August 3, the Manila Public Information Office (MPIO) said.
The three victims were immediately brought to the hospital, the MPIO said. The officials are yet to determine the cause of the accident.
The city engineering office and city electrician will conduct their own investigation, MPIO said.
For the safety of the responders and the residents in the area, the Manila Electric Company or Meralco shut off the electricity in the area. Electricity was restored on Friday, August 4.
However, certain parts of the area still had no internet access, affecting businesses like banks. Telecommunications company were rerouting their cables, far from Binondo church.
After the area was closed for the clearing operation, the plaza was again accessible to vehicles on Friday morning.
Meralco has also installed six new electric poles.
Following the incident, Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. urged all local governments to inspect electric posts, construction sites, billboards, and other similar installations that may fall off during heavy rain to avoid similar incidents from happening again.
Meanwhile, Manila Representative Joel Chua proposed relocating utility cables underground in certain areas of Binondo and Quiapo, instead of leaving them danglng on electric posts. – Rappler.com