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The Philippines government makes hazard maps available for Yolanda rehabilitation

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the Philippines and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have launched ‘Yolanda Rehabilitation Scientific Information Center’ (YoRInfoCenter), an information centre to provide scientific data to national agencies and humanitarian organisations for the rehabilitation of Eastern Visayas ravaged by typhoon Yolanda.

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A one stop shop for scientific data, the YoRInfoCenter will provide all available data like high-resolution hazard maps, satellite imageries, and other tools that are necessary for the systematic and practical rehabilitation of the areas ravaged by typhoon Yolanda.

The maps are produced by the DOST and University of the PhilippinesDREAM Project and DENR’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB).

According to Paringit, “Hazard maps are created to provide early warnings to the people in times of danger, installation of the requirements for housing, mapping out for the agriculture and other natural resources.”

“The maps are used in locating the damaged areas, in knowing if an establishment still exists, and in creating the rehabilitation plans,” Paringit added.

According to Dr. Elmer Billedo of the DENR-MGB, the maps are used in knowing the impacted areas.

The hazard maps are available in the barangay scale to let the people know the hazard areas in their respective places. These maps were verified by the Japan’s Society of Civil Engineer, said Billedo.

Also available at the YoRInfoCenter are Multiple Hazard Maps that put together in one map the different hazard-related information for a study area in order to convey a composite picture of the natural hazard of varying magnitude, frequency, and area of effect.

DENR-MGB has completed 102 hazard maps out of 171 municipalities affected by typhoon Yolanda. DREAM has likewise completed a number of maps developed through Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology. [Read more about DREAM-LiDAR project in another article here.]

The maps can be downloaded from the web sites of DOST and DENR, and will be distributed in respective areas.

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