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By Rolando G. Valenzuela
There are many definitions of disaster. My favorite is the one provided by Robert af Klinteberg of the United Kingdom’s International Disaster Institute: “an event which disrupts the functioning of a community to such an extent that it cannot subsist without outside assistance.”
By Denise Bernadette Ramos
Greed. Anger. Destruction. Fear. Death. The constant cycle. Will you accept that one day, when you wake up, all you can feel is fear and danger and you have nowhere to run? Are you ready to run as fast as you can and hide, but knowing that nowhere is safe? Are you prepared to live a life of darkness?
Being an expatriate Filipino, I am eager to read news from the Philippines. That’s why I appreciate eNews, which the Inquirer launched in order to reach out to Filipinos wherever they are and have access to an Internet link.
By Michael L. Tan
Think of this scenario right after an earthquake or a typhoon: people waiting for hours to get relief, which finally comes as a bag of rice or packets of instant noodles. The goods make people feel good, or so we think. The donors feel they’ve done their part. But the disaster survivors aren’t quite sure what to do next.
By Juan L. Mercado
Are killer typhoons like “Yolanda/Haiyan,” unburied corpses, and traumatized survivors screaming to get out the “new normal”?
By Rina Jimenez-David
The occasion was meant to introduce to the public the nine new recipients of The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) award. But because of intervening events, much of it was also taken up with concerns related to Supertyphoon “Yolanda” and its aftermath.
This is in connection with the recent Typhoon “Santi” that battered Cabanatuan City. Compared to previous typhoons, when the residents were caught flatfooted and did not know what to do and where to go, during Santi they were prepared, organized and forewarned. Hence, when the typhoon struck, they were already ensconced in designated evacuation centers.
By Rina Jimenez-David
What Ishmael Narag of Phivolcs and Dr. Mahar Lagmay of Project NOAH have to say is far from entertaining but certainly enlightening, fear-inducing but fascinating.
The magnitude 7.2 quake that hit Bohol on Oct. 15 frightened officials of a Makati City public school, which stands a few meters from the West Marikina Valley Fault.
By Neal H. Cruz
Last Tuesday, Metro Manila again came to a standstill because of one heavy thunderstorm. Many streets were flooded and traffic even in the streets that were not flooded was reduced to a crawl. It took me more than three hours to get from Makati to Quezon City, a distance that takes only 20 minutes without [...]
By Vinod Thomas
Imagine three typhoons with the force of Tropical Storm “Ondoy” hitting the National Capital Region in a single rainy season, or Mindanao, which until recently was thought to be largely off the path of extreme storms. Such a scenario would have seemed wildly alarmist just a decade ago, but not any longer.
By Narciso M. Reyes Jr.
Rampaging floods in Mindanao, along Europe’s famed Danube, in large tracts of Canada, and in America’s Midwest. Toxic smog in Singapore, Malaysia, and China’s industrial heartland. Disappearing glaciers in the Alps, Himalayas, Greenland, the Andes, and the Arctic. These are not isolated but inseparable, interconnected events, and the distress signals of our ailing planet, the Earth. Our only home.