|Municipality of Carrascal|
|Location of Carrascal in the province of Surigao del Sur|
|Province :||Surigao del Sur|
|District:||1. District of Surigao del Sur|
|Income class :||4. Income bracket|
May 1, 2000 census
August 1, 2015 census
|Population density :||84.6 inhabitants per km²|
|Area :||265.80 km²|
|Postal code :||8318|
|Mayor :||Alfred B. Arreza|
|Geographical location in the Philippines|
Barangays (number: 14)
|Surname||Population (August 1, 2015)|
Source: National Statistical Coordination Board, Makati City, Philippines
(Pob. = Poblacion (population), i.e. more densely populated and generally urbanized areas)
Geographically, Carrascal is bounded in the northeast by the Bay of Carrascal , which is full of coral reefs and part of the Philippine Sea . In the north-west and south-west are the "Red Mountains" ( Diwata mountain range ), in the south-east alluvial land. The municipality is the northernmost part of a relatively closed region called CarCanMadCarLan (Carrascal, Cantilan , Madrid , Carmen , Lanuza ) and thus also the northernmost municipality in the province of Surigao del Sur . Their neighboring communities are Claver in the northwest and Cantilan in the southeast. The rivers Ca-Ayongen, Marga, Tagoan, Bon-ot and Carrascal (order from northwest to southeast) flow through the urban area and flow into the Bay of Carrascal . The former forms the border between the barangays adlay and Dahican.
In the "Red Mountains" opencast mining is operated to mine the iron ore that is abundant there. The mine is located - each partially - in the barangays Gamuton, Babuyan and Bon-ot, but compared to those in the northern neighboring town Claver (Surigao del Norte) are operated, still comparatively small. The ore is shipped on a loading pier located north of the mouth of the Bon-ot River and thus north of Baranggay Baybay. The dust clouds thrown up by the huge trucks in dry weather significantly impair the recreational value of the beach (Baranggay Baybay) and there are local protests as a result. However, they largely fade away because the mining company fulfilled its requirement to also advance the expansion of the coastal road, which is now concreted from Adlay (Carrascal) to Cantilan . In 2007, things looked very different when the concrete bridges weren't even built. At that time, a loaded truck drove over a bridge that was only built for vehicles with a total weight of 2 t and fell into the river together with this bridge.
The concreted coastal road Surigao - Tandag runs through the community. The nearest airport or airfield in Tandag has been in operation again since 2014, the next two larger ones are in Surigao and Butuan .
Carrascal, like all of Mindanao, has a tropical climate. Average monthly rainfall is 257.2 mm (10.13 in). The rainy season is from November to March, the dry season from April to September. But even in the latter there are often evening showers and thunderstorms, which the locals call Sobasco . The area is occasionally hit by typhoons, the penultimate larger (named "Pablo") claimed at the beginning of December 2012 according to the "Manila Bulletin" in the province of Davao de Oro further south, at least 236 dead. ( Although the coastal area was mostly evacuated beforehand!) The last one (called "Haiyan") passed Mindanao north and on November 8, 2013 caused great destruction on the islands of Samar and Leyte . There is talk of around 10,000 dead. Earthquakes of considerable strength and duration are also possible.
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