DENR: 112 villages in Albay under threat of lahar flow
LEGAZPI CITY -- At least 112 villages around the slope of Mayon Volcano in Albay are under threat of lahar flow when the rainy season comes, a ranking official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said.
Josie Columna, chief of survey and mapping division of DENR-Bicol Region, said the 112 villages are located in six municipalities and three cities that were identified during their survey in coordination with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB).
The areas which are under lahar threat are in Tabaco City, 28 villages; Camalig and Guinobatan, 14 villages each; Daraga, 13 villages; Legazpi City, 12; Ligao City, 9; Sto. Domingo, 8; and Malilipot and Bacacay, 7 villages each.
Tolentino was surprised upon learning the big number of villages that are under the threat of lahar flow.