The December 2012 Mayo River debris flow triggered by Super Typhoon Bopha in Mindanao, Philippines: lessons learned and questions raised.

Rodolfo, Kelvin S., Lagmay, A. Mahar F., Eco, Rodrigo C., Herrero, Tatum M. L., Mendoza, Jerico E., Minimo, Likha G. and Santiago, Joy T. (2016) The December 2012 Mayo River debris flow triggered by Super Typhoon Bopha in Mindanao, Philippines: lessons learned and questions raised. Open Access Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 16 (12). pp. 2683-2695. DOI 10.5194/nhess-16-2683-2016.

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Abstract

Category 5 Super Typhoon Bopha, the world's worst storm of 2012, formed abnormally close to the Equator, and its landfall on Mindanao set the record proximity to the Equator for its category. Its torrential rains generated an enormous debris flow in the Mayo River watershed that swept away much of the village Andap in the New Bataan municipality, burying areas under rubble as thick as 9ĝ€m and killing 566 people. Established in 1968, New Bataan had never experienced super typhoons and debris flows. This unfamiliarity compounded the death and damage. We describe Bopha's history, debris flows and the Mayo River disaster, and then we discuss how population growth contributed to the catastrophe, as well as the possibility that climate change may render other near-Equatorial areas vulnerable to hazards brought on by similar typhoons. Finally, we recommend measures to minimize the loss of life and damage to property from similar future events.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Mayo River debris flow, Mindanao, Phillippines, Typhoon Bopha
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB4 Dynamics of the Ocean Floor > FB4-MUHS Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.5194/nhess-16-2683-2016
ISSN: 1561-8633
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2017 10:17
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2019 09:20
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/35510

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