A million people at risk due to theft of PAG-ASA equipment

ABS-CBN news reported that a million people have been placed at risk as PAG-ASA’s flood monitoring sensors have been stolen.

MANILA, Philippines – A million people in Luzon are more at risk from deadly deluges after expensive flood warning equipment was stolen, likely by scavengers for scrap metal, meteorologists warned Tuesday.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said it had sought the help of police and local governments to help guard the rest of the sensors, which it suspects are being cannibalised by poor locals who sell them for scrap and quick cash.

A million people have been left without advance warning of flash floods after the theft of the sensors at Agno river and its Tarlac river tributary, said Ranny Ragasa, a member of the technical staff at the weather service.

“When there are heavy rains, 30 towns could easily go under water,” said Ragasa, who mans the weather service’s monitoring centre on the bank of the Agno.

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