The Mines and Geosciences Bureau has identified 789 barangays in Central Visayas that are highly susceptible to landslide and flooding brought by latest weather disturbance.
MGB-7 Regional Director Loreto B. Alburo urged the local government units to implement preemptive evacuation in areas that are critical to these geological hazards.
Among the towns identified as critical include Alicia, Anda, Batuan, Bien Unido, Bilar, Buenavista, Calape, Candijay, Carmen, Catigbian, Dagohoy, Danao, Dimiao, Duero, Garcia Hernandez, Guindulman, Inabanga, Jagna, Loon, Mabini, Pilar, Pres. Carlos P. Garcia
Sagbayan, San Isidro, San Miguel, Sierra Bullones, Talibon, Trinidad, Ubay, and Valencia in Bohol; Alcantara, Alegria, Aloguinsan, Argao, Asturias, Badian, Balamban, Barili, Bogo City, Boljoon, Carcar, Carmen, Cebu City, Compostela, Consolacion, Daanbantayan, Dalaguete, Danao City, Dumanjug, Ginatilan, Liloan, Malabuyoc, Mandaue City, Medellin, Moalboal, Oslob, Pinamungahan, Poro, Ronda, Samboan, San Francisco, Sibonga, Sogod, Tabuelan, Toledo City, Tuburan, and Tudela in Cebu; and Amlan, Ayungon, , Bacong, Bais City, Basay, Bayawan City, Bindoy, Dauin, Dumaguete City, Guihulngan City, Jimalalud, La Libertad, Pamplona, San Jose, Santa Catalina, Siaton, Sibulan, Tanjay City, Tayasan, Valencia, and Zamboanguita in Negros Oriental.
Chief Geologist Al Emil Berador asked the public to continuously monitor the latest weather bulletin from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). Another weak low pressure area (LPA) was spotted in Mindanao. On Wednesday, the weather bureau will know whether it would develop into a tropical depression to be named, “Besing”.
Although tropical depression Auring has weakened into an LPA, it will continue to bring rains in the Visayas area. Berador warned that continuous downpour will trigger possible landslide and flooding in low-lying areas.
There are factors that contribute to flooding which include proximity to perennial river creek system, poor drainage facility, inherently low-lying area, proximity to coastal area, heavily silted river or creek, and encroachment along natural drainage channels.
Preemptive evacuation is highly encouraged to save lives and properties. Alburo reiterates the call for local disaster risk reduction units in every barangays to help in the evacuation and be guided by the 1:10,000 geohazard maps provided by the bureau.
There are 41 barangays susceptible to flooding and 22 barangays that are prone to landslide in Cebu City; 28 barangays are critical to flooding and five villages prone to landslides in Mandaue City.
Toledo City, the hardest hit among the localities in Cebu by tropical depression Auring have nine barangays that are prone to flooding and 17 barangays that are critical to landslide.