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Disasters and the poor

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The devastation caused in Mindanao by Typhoon “Pablo” is, for now, largely measured by the number of dead, injured and missing people. The number of recovered bodies has reached 714, says the NDRRMC. About 900 more are reported missing. Thousands of others suffer from wounds and various forms of injury, not to mention deep trauma, but only a few can be attended to in clinics and hospitals. The scale of the destruction is becoming clearer as the attention shifts to the staggering number of families who have lost their homes and their livelihood. The prospect of starvation and disease looms before them.

Posted: December 13th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Survival

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Change subject, if only out of an instinct for survival.

Posted: December 13th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Typhoon ‘Pablo’: ‘Grim reality check’ on natural disasters

The effects of Typhoon “Pablo” in Mindanao revealed to the nation what can happen when Nature’s wrath is coupled with unabated extraction of natural resources. Hundreds of people were killed after flash floods, accompanied by fallen trees and boulders, swamped entire communities in Compostela Valley. Hundreds of others remain missing.

Posted: December 13th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Why so many people died in Mindanao

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The question is why: Why did so many people die in Mindanao in spite of early warnings by Pagasa, by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), and by local government units? In fact, some families had left their homes and gone to evacuation centers. Still so many people died. Why?

Posted: December 9th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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