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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 13, 2012


MGB-13 identifies several Surigao City barangays as geo-hazard areas

by FEAbkilan

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Jan. 13 (PIA) -- Several barangays in Surigao City are high risk areas during landslides and floods, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Caraga Region revealed recently.

A detailed landslide and flood susceptibility report of MGB revealed that the barangays of Bonifacio, Canlanipa, Lipata, Mat-i, Punta Bilar, Quezon, Rizal, Taft, Togbongon and Washington are classified with high degree of landslide hazard, while the barangays of Capalayan, Danao, Ipil, Luna, Poctoy, San Roque, Trinidad and Sukailang are moderate and Balibayon, Cabongbongan, Cagniog, Mabini, Mabua, and Serna are classified as low landslide hazards.

MGB further reported that the flood susceptibility barangays with high degree of hazards are Luna, Mabini, Rizal, Sabang, Togbongon, Washington and San Juan, and barangays with moderate degree of flood hazards are Cabongbongan, Danao, Ipil, Mabua, Mat-i, and Nabago while the areas with low degree of flood hazards are Anomar, Bonifacio, Cagniog, Capalayan, Lipata, Quezon, Taft and Serna.

The MGB also reported other geo-hazards which include river scouring and siltation in Surigao River, bank erosion hazard and cut slope failure along the road in Brgy. Mabini, riverbank scouring in Brgy. Silop, flashflood hazard due to silted rivers in Pinaypayan and File in Brgy. Mat-i, river scouring in Brgy. San Juan, and subsidence hazard in Brgy. San Roque .

Coastal erosions and sedimentation were also reported in Brgy. Sabang. “If possible relocate/evacuate (the residents living in these) areas in Purok 2, 3 and 4 (in Brgy. Sabang) to evade possible occurrence of tidal storm surge in time of extreme weather condition,” the MGB report said. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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