Some 200 barangays have been warned on the possible landslides and flooding after a ‘yellow’ alert has been issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) brought about by a tropical storm ‘Seniang’.
“We strongly urge our local government executives to make the necessary preemptive evacuation efforts in low-lying and landslide-prone areas in Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor as yet another typhoon has entered the country which could bring a lot of rains,” said Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) 7 Regional Director Loreto B. Alburo.
“Our mayors and barangay captains should keep track on areas that are found to be highly susceptible to flooding and landslides which have been known to them as indicated in the geohazards threat advisory,” Alburo stressed.
A geohazards threat advisories were issued by MGB 7 to the four provincial governors yesterday.
Storm surge-prone areas are Arpili, Balamban; Tungkil, Minglanilla; Talisay, Maricaban, and Kinatarcan, all in Santa Fe; Tarong, Mancilang, and Codia, all in Madridejos; Patao and Pitogo in Bantayan; and Tanke in Talisay City.
Also, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 Regional Director Dr. Isabelo R. Montejo appealed to the mayors and barangay captains to get hold of the geohazard maps, and implement the necessary measures to reduce the impact of landslides and flooding within their areas of responsibility.
Montejo warned the volume of water brought by Seniang might aggravate soil conditions that have been either saturated by rains even before its actual landfall.
Meanwhile, in Cebu City , 19 barangays are highly susceptible landslides, namely, Lusaran, Binaliw, Guba, Budlaan, Malubog, Buot-Taup, Busay, Sirao, Taptap, Tagbao, Tabunan, Pung-ol Sibugay,Sudlon II, Sudlon I, Sinsin, Buhisan, Pamutan, Sapangdaku, and Adlaon.
Barangays Tagjaguimit, Alpaco, Balirong, Mayana, Naalad, and Cogon in City of Naga. ; 11 barangays in Balamban: Hingatmonan, Lamesa, Luca, Ginatilan, Cabasiangan, Matun-og, Cansomoroy, Gaas, Magsaysay, Cabagdalan, and Duangan.
Five barangays in Toledo City : Tungkay, Pangamihan, Bagacay, Loay and Don Andres Soriano; Lamac in Pinamungahan; Five barangays in Asturias :Agbanga, Baye, Bairan, Kanluangan and Sak-sak.
All mountain barangays in Talisay City, particularly, Manipis; Brgy. Doldol, Purok 3 in Dumanjug; and Cansalonoy in Ronda.
In Bohol, those portions of those areas which have been affected by the quake are advised to take the necessary precautions and to implement proactive evacuation are Tagbilaran City, Baclayon, Corella, Cortes, Alburquerque, Panglao, Dauis, Loon, Calape, Catigbian, Balilihan, Batuan, Sagbayan, and Carmen.
Alburo said the assessment reveals that there are five barangays in Cebu City that are considered to be most hazardous to flooding and these are Kasambagan, Kinasang-an, Labangon, Mabolo, Bonbon, and Cebu City downtown areas and along the Guadalupe River; and seven barangays in Mandaue City to include Subangdaku, Mantuyong, Umapad, Opao, Alang-alang, Guizo, and Pakna-an.
In Negros Oriental, five barangays in Guihulngan City , namely, Humayhumay, Imelda, Mabunga, Sandayao, and Tacpao have high susceptibility to landslides. There are 12 barangays with moderate to high susceptibility to landslide and these are Bakid, Banwaque, Calamba, Calupa-an, Linantuyan, Mabunga, Maniak, Plagatasanon, Planas, Trinidad, Binobohan, and Villegas.
In La Libertad, nine barangays with high landslide susceptibility are Aniniaw, Aya, Biga-a, Guihob, Kansumandig, Mambutod, Managondong, Pangca, and Pitogo. Barangay Mandapaton has moderate to high susceptibility to landslide. Eleven barangays with moderate susceptibility to landslide are Manluminsag, Busilak, Cantopa, Elecia (Talostos), Eli, Manghulyawon, Martilo, Nasungon, San Jose, Solongon, and Tala-on.
Around nine barangays in Bayawan City , namely Banga, Maninihon, Poblacion, Villareal, Nangka, Suba, Ubos, Pagatban and Kalumbuyan are flood-prone areas.
Also in Siaton, barangays Poblacion II, Poblacion III, Poblacion IV, and San Jose were flood-prone areas; and barangays Calicugan, Maloh, Cabangahan, Giliga-on, Bonawan and Apoloy area landslides-prone areas.
In Basay, the flood-prone areas are barangays near Tyabanan, Pagatban, and Basay rivers.
A total of eight barangays in Dumaguete City are flood-prone areas, namely, Candau-ay, Cadawinonan, Tabuctubig, Batinguel, Poblacion, Junob, Poblacion 2, and Bagakay.
In Siquijor, six barangays have been assessed to be highly susceptible to landslides and flooding and these are Libo in Enrique Villanueva; Bintangan, and Helen, in Larena; and Cang-isad, Luyang, and Sabang, in Siquijor.