The Philippines: Government to complete flood hazard mapping in 2016

satellite image of floods in the Philippines
Satellite image of flooded areas in the Philippines. The DREAM Project will help enhance emergency response strategies.
Credits: NASA

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the Philippines wants to finish up the mapping process of all flood prone zones in the country by 2016.

DOST Secretary Mario Montejo reported that the department’s Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation Project is going well and 18 major river basins have been mapped already. The project aims to produce high-resolution 3D maps of flood prone areas with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology.

The project will help develop better evacuation strategies in case of floods for residents in flood prone areas.