Are we really listening to the warnings?

The series of map images shows Barangay Andap in New Bataan, Compostela Valley. Barangay Andap was one of the hardest hit community brought about by the massive debris flow deposit caused by Typhoon Pablo last December 2012 (click the images to see larger versions).

manat This is Mines and Geosciences Bureau’s (MGB) Geohazard Map of the surrounding area, the maps are publicly available in various websites since January last year [1 and 2]. The box (in yellow) is the approximate location of the barangay’s center of settlements.

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This is a zoomed-in view of the above yellow box taken by OrbView-3 satellite (imagery date is December 2005). The center of settlements (box in red) is dangerously in an area classified as highly susceptible to flooding by MGB. The same area is also visible in Google Maps with a more recent 2012 imagery.

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Finally, the same area showing the massive debris flow that literally erased the settlements from the map (taken by Pleiades satellite last December 10, 2012). Shown in red box is the remaining road visible in what used to be the barangay center.

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