By Rey M. Nasol
Inquirer Southern Luzon
LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines — Residents of 48 municipalities and a city in the Bicol region have been advised by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) to move to safe ground during heavy rains, due to the high risk of landslides during the typhoon season.
In a phone interview Sunday MGB Bicol regional technical director Reynaldo A. Juan stressed the high probability of landslides in eight towns and a city in Albay, eight towns in Camarines Norte, 12 in Camarines Sur, eight in Catanduanes, five in Masbate and seven in Sorsogon.
Juan said the residents of the following municipalities should be prepared for evacuation to safe grounds in case of continuous rains in their areas:
* Bacacay, Libon, Malilipot, Malinao, Manito, Rapu-Rapu, Sto. Domingo and Tiwi towns and Ligao City in Albay; Basud, Capalonga, Labo, Mercedes, Paracale, San Lorenzo Ruiz, San Vicente, and Sta. Elena in Camarines Norte;
* The towns of Buhi, Caramoan, Garchitorena, Goa, Lagonoy, Libmanan, Lupi, Pasacao, Presentacion, Sagnay, Sipocot and Tinambac in Camarines Sur;
* Bagamanoc, Baras, Bato, Caramoran, Gigmoto, Pandan, Panganiban and San Andres in Catanduanes;
* Aroroy, Baleno, Mandaon, Milagros and Mobo in Masbate;
* Bulan, Irosin, Juban, Magallanes, Matnog and Sta. Magdalena towns and Sorsogon City in Sorsogon.
Juan said residents of other municipalities not listed as high risk to landslides but had histories of landslides, have also been encouraged to take precautionary measures and prepare to evacuate in case of signs of an impending landslide.