Philippines: The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the Philippines and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have launched ‘Yolanda Rehabilitation Scientific Information Centre’ (YoRInfoCenter), an information centre to provide scientific data to national agencies and humanitarian organisations for the rehabilitation of Eastern Visayas ravaged by typhoon Yolanda.
YoRInfoCenter will provide high-resolution hazard maps, satellite imageries, and other tools that are necessary for the systematic and practical rehabilitation. The maps are produced by the DOST and University of the Philippines’ DREAM Project and DENR’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB).
The hazard maps are available in the barangay scale to let the people know the hazard areas in their respective places. These maps were verified by the Japan’s Society of Civil Engineer. The YoRInfoCenter also provides multiple hazard maps that highlight different hazard-related information for a study area in order to convey a composite picture of the natural hazard of varying magnitude, frequency, and area of effect.
DENR-MGB has completed 102 hazard maps out of 171 municipalities affected by typhoon Yolanda. DREAM has likewise completed a number of maps developed through Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology. YoRInfoCenter, housed in the UP Diliman National Engineering Centre, is also staffed by experts from DOST Project Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), and the DENR Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB). The maps can be downloaded from the websites of DOST and DENR, and will also be distributed in respective areas.