Region 11 has experienced continuous rain for the last few days, in view of this, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau reminds the local government units of the region to be alert and be prepared especially in landslide and flood prone areas.
Local government units in areas that are extremely high in susceptibility to landslide and flooding are advised to immediately relocate to other safer areas.
MGB Dir. Edilberto Arreza said, “In Davao City, certain areas are identified as prone to flooding, areas however that are highly susceptible to landslide include Marilog, Paquibato and Calinan District.”
A number of barangays in municipalities of New Corella, Santo Tomas, Braulio Dujali, Carmen, Tagum and Panabo are prone to flooding. Most of the areas prone to flooding in Davao del Norte are those in close proximity to rivers and creeks. Said areas in Sto.Tomas are near Libuganon River and Tuganay River which also cause riverbank erosion and scouring to dwelling areas adjacent to riverbanks.
Areas that are both prone to landslide and flooding are found in the municipality of Talaingod in barangays Palma Gil and Dagohoy. Barangays in the municipalities mentioned are advised to be alert especially during storm and rainy days. Fourteen barangays in Tagum meanwhile, are identified as high in terms of flooding susceptibility.
In Davao del Sur, the municipality of Jose Abad Santos has high incidence of flooding in most of its barangays. Sixteen barangays out of the twenty three that was mapped for geohazard are high in flooding incidence. And four of these barangays are also high in terms of flooding. Other hazards identified in this municipality include among others, flashflooding, storm surge, coastal erosion and tidal flooding.
Conversely, the municipalities of Hagonoy, Padada and Sulop, have only few identified areas prone to flooding. Sta Maria, on the other hand, have twelve
municipalities out of twenty two are landslide prone areas and six of these are either very high or extremely high in landslide vulnerability. Barangays high in flooding are Basiawan, Buca, Pongpong and six others.[MGB/PIA- ETI]