Phivolcs warns 13,000 residents of Albay town vs pyroclastics, lahar flows

Phivolcs warns 13,000 residents of Albay town vs pyroclastics, lahar flows

LEGAZPI CITY — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned 13,000 residents of villages in Guinobatan town to be directly hit by pyroclastic and lahar deposits from damaged river channels along the slopes of Mayon Volcano once heavy rains brought by the La Nina phenomenon pour down.

Dr. Ed Laguerta, Phivolcs resident volcanologist said the local government unit of Guinobatan and residents should be well prepared for the threatening danger, especially to residents in Barangay Maninila and Barangay Masarawag because they would the ones to be hit first by million of tons of deposits that cascaded down the river channels and created another routes last year due to heavy rains and storms.

He said his fellow geologists from the head office in Manila are conducting mapping in the area and the Phivolcs Legazpi is waiting for the results as to the volume of the deposits threatening the residents, what areas are to be hit and the final recommendation of the scientists.

Engineer Eufronio Garcia, officer in charge of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration in Southern Luzon and Bicol, said these areas in Guiobatan will be among those greatly affected.

Based on the record of the Albay Provincial Safety and Emergency Management Office headed by Dr. Cedric Daep, almost 3,203 families or 13,403 individals are under threat in seven villages of Guinobatan in the different parts of the destroyed river channel along slopes of the volcano.

These are barangays Maninila, Masarawag, Tandarora, Dona Tomasa, Muladbucad Grande and Muladbucad Pequeno, San Rafael and the upper part of Travesia.

Residents threatened by the deposited pyroclastic materials like boulders and sand are 1,739 families or 8,144 individuals in barangays Maninila, Masarawag, Muladbucad Grande and Muladbucad Pequeno.

There are 1,464 families or 5,259 residents in Baragay Tandarora and Barangay San Rafael. Jorge Hallare/PNA/