Ondoy (2009) Floods in Marikina City, Metro Manila

25 – 30 September 2009 Tropical storm Ondoy (international name, Ketsana), delivered a record 448.5 mm (17.6 inches) of rain that fell on Metro Manila between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM local time on September 26, 2009, more than a month’s worth of average rainfall for the area and nearly double the 200-305 mm dumped by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana in the U.S. (Knabb, et al.,2005). The torrential rains caused a very[…]

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Frank (2008) Flood in Iloilo

19 – 23 June 2008 On 21 June 2008, Typhoon Frank (international name, Fengshen), after following an unusual track that traversed seven islands in the Western Visayas, caused massive loss of lives and property. Out of 16 provinces that were damaged, the heaviest hit was Panay islands, where heavy rains and strong winds of up to 195 km per hour caused landslides and flashfloods. There were 644 recorded deaths in[…]

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Reming (2006) Landslide in Albay

29 November 2006 On 29 November 2006, Supertyphoon Reming (international name, Durian), with maximum sustained winds of 190 km/hr and gusts as high as 230 km/hr, made landfall on the southeast coast of the Philippine island of Luzon, delivering 495.8 mm of rain over a period of 36 hrs (PAGASA, 2006). Reming’s impact was greatest in Albay Province, where runoff from its rainfall remobilized volcanic debris on the slopes of[…]

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Guinsaugon Landslide (2006) in Southern Leyte

17 February 2006 A rockslide-debris avalanche occurred at 10:26 am on 17 February 2006 in Southern Leyte, Philippines (Lagmay et al., 2006). This large-scale landslide devastated the village of Guinsaugon, with a population of 1,857 (NDCC, 2006). Twenty survivors were rescued from the front edge of the debris field within hours of the disaster, but the majority of the village’s population was believed to have been buried by the avalanche.[…]

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