MANILA, Philippines – Olaf Neussner, the German Development Cooperation’s (GIZ) chief advisor on disaster risk management said the Bicol region and other east coast areas will most likely be vulnerable to the next super typhoon that may hit the Philippines.
“A Yolanda-like typhoon is more likely to happen in the north like Bicol and further in Luzon,” Neussner said in an interview with reporters last week during the Donors Forum for Yolanda victims.
The event was organized by GIZ, which is working together with the University of the Philippines National Institute of Geological Sciences and the United Nations Development Program to map the Yolanda-hit areas in Leyte.
“Statistically speaking, more typhoons go into the Philippines in the north so this is still in the storm belt. The probability is higher in Bicol so there should be a prioritization done to look at areas in the north,” the German expert said. (Click here to read more)