Leyte disaster, background and some clues to upgrade disaster mitigation plans

Perera, L. Kithsiri and Furuya, Takahiko (2006) Leyte disaster, background and some clues to upgrade disaster mitigation plans. Asian Journal of Geoinformatics, 6 (2). pp. 23-28. ISSN 1513-6728


The landslide disaster that occurred in Leyte Island, the Philippines, last February, killed about 1,100 or nearly all residents in Guinsaugon village. About 500 mm of extensive rains within first two weeks of February became the prime reason for the landslide. Experts say Leyte has a high vulnerability for landslides due to heavy rainfall, geological instability, and forest degradation in mountain slopes.
In this research, some background information such as,cloud images, earthquake data, after disaster ASTER satellite image, and land cover information, are analyzed to explain possible gains for the disaster. Furthermore, research emphasizes the importance of finer rainfall observation network in landslide prone areas to upgrade the accuracy of numerical model weather forecasts

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. Asian Remote Sensing Research Information Network.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 20 May 2010 02:19
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: disaster management; flood mitigation; landslides; forest degradation; weather forecast
Fields of Research : 04 Earth Sciences > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040604 Natural Hazards
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
09 Engineering > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091507 Risk Engineering (excl. Earthquake Engineering)
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8056

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