MGB-9: Zambo in danger of coastal hazards, geohazard maps key to resilience

  • July 13, 2017
  • Dominic I. Sanchez

By Dominic I. Sanchez

ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 11 (PIA) – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) regional office warns coastal area residents of Zamboanga City to be disaster-ready, citing that the area is highly prone to coastal hazards.

MGB-9 Geosciences Division chief Jessica N. Lucero said, “the latest geohazard maps point out the coastal areas’ vulnerability to storm surge and other coastal hazards, to include tsunami,” thus the need for the residents to be prepared.

Lucero said that their office has been deliberately disseminating their more detailed geohazard maps to local government units hoping that stakeholders would make use of this valuable information for disaster preparedness and resiliency.

“The geohazard maps can be freely downloaded from our website,” she said. The maps also show area vulnerability to flooding, landslides and ground subsidence.

According to Lucero, residents should now take the necessary precautions to be safe from the coastal hazards. “Given this valuable piece of information, people should now be more disaster-conscious. They should know the type of hazard at risk in their areas and be prepared.” (ALT/DIS/PIA9-Zamboanga City)


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