Landslides threaten 41 Mimaropa barangays

Pia Ranada

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Yolanda is headed to this region, where gov't scientists find villages that have 'very high' vulnerability to landslides. See the list of threatened villages in 5 other regions.

MAPPING OUT VULNERABILITIES. This map from DENR-MGB shows the localities susceptible to floods and landslides as Super Typhoon Yolanda makes its way across the Philippine land mass. Image courtesy of DENR-MGB

MANILA, Philippines – Villages along the path of Typhoon Yolanda (international codename Haiyan) are highly susceptible to landslides, according to data released by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) on Friday, November 8.

These 41 barangays in Region IV-B or MIMAROPA, the region where Yolanda is headed according to state weather bureau PAGASA’s forecast, have either “high to very high” or “very high” vulnerability to landslides.

The Category 5 super typhoon, the strongest to hit the country in 2013, will make its way to Busuanga, Palawan, southern part of Mindoro, and other parts of MIMAROPA before exiting the Philippine Area of Responsibility on the morning of Saturday, November 9.

The threatened barangays – spread out across Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, and Palawan may suffer even more loss of lives and property due to their susceptibility to landslides.

The barangays are the following:

Marinduque (15)

Tiguion, Bantay, Mainit, Duyay, Puyog, Tugos, Binunga, Canat, Hinapulan, Malibago, Bonliw, Dampulan, Nangka, Yook,  Pulog-Parang

Oriental Mindoro (10)

Balatero, San Isidro, Sinandigan, Sabang, Villaflor, San Vicente, Ilag, Poblacion, Calangatan, San Agustin

Occidental Mindoro (10)

San Agustin, Balikyas, Balao, Taguilos, Cambijang, Mabini, Cawayan, Concepcion Sur, Manhac, Poblacion

Palawan (6)

Poblacion, Old Guinlo, Binduyan, Napsan, Cabayugan, Tagabinit

Below is the complete list of landslide-prone barangays in 5 other regions – Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, and Caraga – as assesed by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau:

List of barangays likely to be affected by Rappler Philippines

Previous data from MGB also showed that Caraga region in Mindanao is the area most susceptible to typhoon-related disasters with 85% of its cities and municipalities highly prone to flooding and 62% highly vulnerable to landslides.

Meanwhile, 68 localities all over the Philippines have experienced or can expect storm surges – rise in sea level due to strong winds – before Yolanda exists the Philippines. –


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Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at