Articles | Volume 16, issue 12
Research article
15 Dec 2016
Research article |  | 15 Dec 2016

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

Kelvin S. Rodolfo, A. Mahar F. Lagmay, Rodrigo C. Eco, Tatum Miko L. Herrero, Jerico E. Mendoza, Likha G. Minimo, and Joy T. Santiago


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Short summary
In 2012, a village in southern Philippines was wiped out by catastrophic debris flows generated Super Typhoon Bopha. This area of the country is seldom hit by strong typhoons; nevertheless, geologic evidence shows that such events have happened in the past. We put this in the context of the expansion of human settlements to understand why the disaster happened. Doing so will enable communities that are not used to such events to prepare for them.
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