Geo-science bureau advises public to be vigilant vs landslides, flashfloods

Wednesday, August 08, 2012 06:21 AM    Views : 249by:Carlito C. Dar

The Mines and Geo-science Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-CAR), reiterates its warning to the public to remain vigilant against landslides and flashfloods caused by heavy rainfall.

In a media advisory, the public is warned that despite the absence of typhoon, the continuous downpour of monsoon rains can cause geological hazards especially to areas with steep slopes and those along creeks and river banks said Catalino Panganiban of the MGB.

He advised everyone to initiate readiness and precautionary measures in order to lessen or avoid any negative impacts of these geohazards as he also reminded all local government units (LGUs) to issue the necessary precautionary warnings in their respective communities.

The MGB also advised Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Councils to refer to the land susceptibility maps of their respective areas as guide for any geo-hazard and DRRM efforts.

Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan, in a separate interview, again reminded pocket miners in the province to cease operations during inclement weather rains can loosen the soil and cause cave-ins. a

Just recently, three pocket miners, two along Kias, Baguio City and one in Bokod Benguet, were rescued in a separate incident, after being trapped inside mine pits.

Fongwan disclosed that initial report submitted to him on the damages wrought by typhoon Gener and the continuing monsoon rains to Benguet's vegetable industry reached around P1.6 million.

He said that at present, there is an over-supply of highland vegetables causing prices to fall slightly as farmers made force-harvest of their crops to prevent bigger damage and loss.


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