2 towns, 1 city identified as landslide-prone areas

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- As La Niña threatens Central Luzon by year-end, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) identified the landslide-prone areas in Pampanga as part of early warning moves.

The MGB is the agency responsible in mapping the geophysical aspect of the country. It identifies areas prone to earthquake, tsunami, landslide and flooding.

MGB Supervising Geologist Clarissa Villanueva named Mabalacat City, Porac and Arayat towns as susceptible to landslides if heavy rains fall continuously or for a prolonged period.

Porac and Mabalacat City were identified with high risks of landslides due to their hilly terrain and proximity to the Sierra Madre mountains, Villanueva said.

She also cited the municipality of Arayat, which houses the historical Mt. Arayat, as the most dangerous area considering the recent landslides there.

In 2009, a landslide at the foot of the mountain during the onslaught of Tropical Storm "Ondoy" killed 12 people.

Villanueva said that their office has already urged the local government unit to declare the barangay San Juan Baño as a "no habitation, no build-up" area to avoid loss of lives and properties.

She also noted of the possible signs of a landslide prone areas such as breaking of the ground and slanting of fences or structures in slope areas.

Villanueva also urged the local government units to avail of the hazard maps provided by their agency to help them locate the danger zones in their municipalities and cities.
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