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More lahar flows observed

Emmanuel Tupas, Romina Cabrera - The Freeman
More lahar flows observed
Despite the danger posed by nearby Kanlaon Volcano, life goes on for this farmer living in the mountain area of Canlaon City, Negros Oriental.
Aldo Banaynal

CEBU, Philippines — More lahar flows were observed after heavy rainfall over portions of Kanlaon Volcano these past few days, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).

State volcanologists said that cohesive and cement-like lahar flows were observed in areas surrounding the volcano in La Castallena and La Carlota City.

In particular, lahar flows were also observed along Baji-Baji Falls and Ibid Creek in Cabacungan, La Castellana. There were also lahars in Sto. Guintubdan, Ara-al in La Carlota City, as well as muddy stream flows inBuslugan, Busay Oro, Busay Abaga, Busay Mayor, Busay Kapid, Kabkaban, Ezzy, Busay Ambon, and Labi Labi falls.

PHILVOLCS said one of its seismic stations detected channel-confined lahars on the southern and western slopes were detected by one seismic station.

PHIVOLCS had warned that occasionally heavy rains brought by the southwest monsoon over Negros island could generate lahars, muddy stream flows or muddy run-off in the rivers draining from the southern Kanlaon edifice.

It warned that these lahars could threaten to inundate, bury, or wash out communities along the middle and lower slopes, which is why residents along rivers should observe increased vigilance and readiness.

The volcano is currently under Alert Level 2, or increased unrest, following the eruption last June 3.

PHILVOLCS recorded 19 volcanic earthquakes in the past 24 hours, with sulfur dioxide emissions averaging at 1,412 tons per day on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) chairman Richard Gordon said they, too, mobilized their resources to assist residents of Negros Island who are affected by the eruption.

He said PRC deployed a food truck and two water tankers in Negros Occidental and served hot meals to 1,163 individuals in the cities of La Carlota and Bago and in La Castellana town.

Another PRC water tanker, this time from Mandaue City, Cebu, is also on its way to La Carlota.

In a statement, Gordon said the hot meals are essential to the people who are not able to cook their own food.

“Tuwing may sakuna, isa sa prayoridad ng PRC ay ang pagbibigay ng hot meals sa mga pamilya sa evacuation center dahil supply ng pagkain ang unang nawawala,” he said.  — (FREEMAN)

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