Floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions: Disaster risk management during COVID

| Written by Deina Blancaflor

The Philippines has always been a hotspot for typhoons, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. Hours ago, a magnitude-7 earthquake struck Luzon, prompting evacuations and disrupting transportation. The tremor was recorded at 8:43 am and originated in Abra. Earlier, Banaue and other northern parts of Luzon were hit by heavy rains, which prompted flash floods and landslides.

Given the increasing effects of climate change and the country’s archipelagic structure, we need to predict, prepare, and practice disaster risk and reduction management.

Which parts of the country are most prone to flooding, landslides, and other disasters? How can the health sector better protect its facilities and frontline workers? What can we do as a community to prepare for catastrophic events, especially during this pandemic?

This Friday, July 29, from 12nn to 2 pm, the University of the Philippines (UP), in partnership with UP Manila National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) and the National Telehealth Center (NTC), and in cooperation with UP Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), invites you to join the fight against C.O.V.I.D: current COVID-19 problems, other outbreaks, viruses, infections, and disasters.

In this week’s episode of UP’s “Stop C.O.V.I.D. Deaths” webinar series, “Baha, Landslide, at COVID-19”, Dr. Mahar A. Lagmay, a disaster risk expert, will walk us through the basic principles of risk mapping and identification. Dr. Rio L. Magpantay, Department of Health (DOH) Regional Director for the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR), will talk about his personal experience during the recent Banaue flash floods and landslides tackle the role of health workers in complex disasters. Dr. Stella Marie L. Jose, UP-PGH Deputy Director for Health Operations, will deliver the synthesis and closing remarks.

Don’t miss this important episode. Register here. Catch our weekly live tweets and streams via the UP System Twitter Account and TVUP’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

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