Lahar from Mt. Kanlaon Flows Again This Afternoon, June 7, 2024

This afternoon, June 7, 2024, lahar flows once again hit Upper Baji-Baji Falls in Barangay Cabacungan, La Castellana Negros Occidental. According to a video taken by Daryl Demafelis, along with Phivolcs, the rushing lahar can be seen flowing down the river towards the falls. The rainfall in the area likely exacerbated the situation, resulting in a stronger lahar flow from Mt. Kanlaon.

Lahar From Mt. Kanlaon

The lahar first struck on June 5 in several areas near Mt. Kanlaon following its eruption on June 3. Many towns have been affected by the lahar and ash fall, causing widespread damage to crops. Fish in the rivers have floated to the surface and died, and even the popular resort in the area has been temporarily closed due to the contamination of water with lahar and sulfur.

These events have had a significant impact on the livelihoods of residents. Rice fields and sugarcane plantations have been severely affected, causing substantial losses for farmers. The large river connected to the sea is gradually being taken over by the lahar flow, which will undoubtedly affect marine life in the coming days.

As the rainy season approaches, the lahar flow is expected to continue, leading to further damage to agriculture and fisheries in the area. Residents remain worried about what will happen next, especially since the full impact of Mt. Kanlaon’s eruptions and the ensuing lahar flows have yet to be determined.

Amid these events, local government and Phivolcs are continuously taking measures to provide immediate assistance and guidance to the affected communities. Everyone is strongly reminded to stay alert and follow the advisories of authorities to avoid further damage and danger.

The ongoing lahar flow at Upper Baji-Bajo Falls and the surrounding areas is a reminder of the importance of disaster preparedness. The safety of everyone relies on proactive measures and the cooperation of the entire community in the face of such challenges.

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