LGUs urged: Use geohazard maps to mitigate loss, damage from Auring

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THE Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) is reiterating its call to all local government units in Central Visayas to use their geohazard maps in their preparation against the onslaught of Tropical Storm (TS) Auring.

1. Geohazard maps can help identify flood, landslide-prone areas

In a statement issued on Saturday, February 20, 2021, MGB-Central Visayas acting director Armando Malicse said the geohazard maps provided to LGUs can help in identifying areas that are considered flood and landslide-prone.

The geohazard maps will be greatly useful now that most areas in the Visayas are now Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1.

2. Tropical Storm 'Auring' slightly weakened

In their 5 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported that though TS Auring has slightly weakened, it will still bring moderate to heavy rains in Visayas and Mindanao.

3. Public asked to follow advisories

Malicse also urged residents of high-risk areas such as coastlines, riverbanks and steep slopes to follow advisories on preemptive evacuation from their LGUs to avoid any casualties or injuries.

"Our ultimate goal is zero casualties. The geohazard maps can greatly help and guide our officials conduct appropriate precautionary measures to achieve that," Malicse said. (JKV)