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Bigger disasters coming, environmental groups warn

December 5, 2006

TWO environmental groups in the Philippines have raised the alarm on what they described as “impending disasters” in the aftermath of supert yphoon “Reming,” which hit the archipelago – particularly the southern part of its biggest island Luzon – over the weekend.

Reports reaching Bulatlat said “Reming” has claimed a total of 388 lives. It wrought the greatest damage on Marinduque, the Mindoro provinces, and the Bicol Region, the reports said.

“Reming” is the latest in the series of deadly and destructive tropical cyclones to ravage the Philippines in recent years. The typhoon brought 466 millimeters of rainfall, the highest in 40 years. “Reming” is also the third super-typhoon this year – a first in Philippine history – and the fourth major typhoon in as many months.

Typhoon “Milenyo” (international code name Xangsane), struck the country in September, causing more than P3 billion in damages and leaving more than a hundred casualties. Super typhoons “Paeng” (Cimaron) and “Queenie” (Chebi) followed in October and November, adding millions of pesos more to the damages already wrought by “Milenyo.”

Greenpeace-Southeast Asia warned of “more violent weather events around the world” as a result of climate change, while the Kalikasan-People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan-PNE) voiced fears that another mine spill may have taken place or could take place in Rapu-Rapu, Albay.

(For the full story, click Bigger disasters, Dec. 2, 2006)

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