Thursday, January 2, 2014

26 Camarines Sur towns tagged disaster risk hotspots

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Twenty-six towns in Camarines Sur, all located within the Bicol River Basin, were identified as geohazard areas in maps that were recently distributed by various government agencies to local authorities.
Meanwhile, other municipalities in the province, including Lupi, Ragay and Del Gallego are threatened by disasters because their forest covers are now gone because of logging activities. The towns of Buhi, Garchitorena, Goa, Lagonoy, Presentacion, San Jose and Tigaon were likewise named as areas that are susceptible to landslides and floods. The cities of Naga and Iriga are also listed as flood-prone regions.
The maps were prepared by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and have been distributed to the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils (MDRRMCs) across the province.
Towns in the provinces of Albay, Masbate, Sorsogon, Catanduanes, and Camarines Norte have also received disaster risk maps showing the hazardous areas. All of the towns of Albay as well as Camarines Norte are flagged in the maps as highly-vulnerable areas, along with Masbate City, Sorsogon City, and other towns in the provinces of Masbate, Sorsogon, and Catanduanes.
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