We hear a lot these days about climate change and the effects it will have in the future if we don’t cut our carbon emissions.
But what about the here and now? The world is already witnessing more destructive tropical cyclones, with much stronger winds. Just ask anyone who lives in or around Manila. Typhoon Ketsana, or Ondoy as it was known locally, wreaked havoc on Saturday when it struck landfall on the northern island of Luzon. 80% of the capital was under water within six hours and the cleanup operation is set to take several weeks.
The heavy rain brought by Ondoy inundated the homes of nearly 1.9 million people in Metro Manila and surrounding areas. The death toll currently stands at 246 and nearly 380,000 people have sought shelter in schools, churches and other evacuation centres. (more…)