By Nanette L. Guadalquiver
BACOLOD CITY, Nov. 28 (PNA) — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) disclosed that 25 out of 61 villages in this city have sitios or puroks considered high flood risk areas.
These include urban barangays 10, 16, 20, 27, 28, 35, 36, 40, and 41 and rural barangays Alijis, Banago, Singcang, Bata, Estefania, Felisa, Granada, Handumanan, Taculing, Mandalagan, Montevista, Pahanocoy, Tangub, Punta Taytay, Villamonte and Vista Alegre.
The high flood risk areas were determined after MGB geologists conducted a detailed landslide and flood assessment and mapping in the citys barangays from September to October this year.
The assessment report stated that among the areas that have high susceptibility to flooding are those situated adjacent to Lupit River in Purok Pedring, Barangay Estefania, and houses located along Ngalan River in Purok 8, Barangay Granada.
The Arao relocation site in Barangay Vista Alegre also faces high flood risk.
DENR Senior Science Research Specialist Alvin Lucio Fernando, a geologist who acted as leader of the assessment and mapping team, said in a letter addressed to Mayor Monico Puentevella that they conducted the assessment in line with the governments efforts to reduce, if not totally mitigate the destructive effects and impact of natural hazards to the populace.
Rufino Alcala, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, said the results of the flood assessment and mapping will serve as guide for barangay and city officials in the implementation of development programs and projects.
If the city plans to construct evacuation centers, the MGB study will serve as basis in identifying strategic areas or locations not prone to floodings and landslides, Alcala said.(PNA)