Floods and landslides warning Cebu, Philippines (especially Balamban and Cebu Transcentral highway.

The current weather has staved off most of the rainfall for this month but the rains are on the way. The issue here is the fact that the bus crash today is on the same route that they are discussing in this article. The roads are famous for being difficult at best. If you live in the Philippines you will know how bad the bus drivers drive generally in the middle or wrong side of the road often cutting people up to pickup passengers, taunting their horns and tail gating in an aggressive manner. Truth be known its “accepted”. The roads in the mountainous regions I have been on a few times and you can see the damage from previous landslides where some of the road has slipped away. There is often potholes and obstacles but all in all most things can be dealt with by reliable vehicles and due care and attention. Two things that are lacking and no doubt will show up as the cause of death in the current coach bus accident. Its sad to say but its normal here as buses slip off those types of road regular.

THE Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Central Visayas (DENR-7) on the 2nd of June urged local government units (LGUs) to be prepared for the flash floods and landslides that the La Niña phenomenon or rainy season will bring.

Al Emil Berador, DENR 7 chief geologist said that based on their “National Geo-Hazard Map,” central Cebu, particularly Balamban town and the Cebu Transcentral Highway are prone to landslides.

He said the DENR will review its assessment of flood and landslide prone areas in the region using the map of all the landslide and flood susceptible areas in the country.

“(We) will review the results of our assessment because the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pag-asa) has forecast that La Niña weather will bring stronger rains.”

Berador said copies of the geo-hazard map, made over five years, are being reproduced for the LGUs.

He encouraged officials to use the map as a guide on areas to monitor when La Niña comes.

The geo-hazard map shows detailed scales of areas with a history of landslides.

The DENR is constantly monitoring active landslide areas. It is also distributing posters on what to do during floods and landslides to schools and LGUs. /Correspondent Carmel Loise Matus