Saturday, 9 November 2013

Typhoons and floods in Phillipines

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Typhoon Haikan has killed 10,000 people women, children and men across the Philippines. The Filipino people are no strangers to climatic changes and the reoccurring typhoons annually. Philippines and most of the Asian island and mainland nations in the Pacific Ocean live in the Ring of Fire. Its where the tectonic plates and its deadly fault lines meet creating choatic earthquakes every decade. It is also where volcanic eruptions have simmered and erupted without warning. Alongside the typhoons, millions of people also face the path of giant freak storms and catastrophic Tsunami as witnessed by Japan and 2004 Asian Tsunami that killed 220, 000+ people in Indonesia, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Bangladesh. The aftershock of the Tsunami was felt all the way in South Africa, Yemen, Seychelles and Tanzania.  Philippines like other tropical countries have only two seasons dry season lasting from October-March and the Wet Season from April-September. After the typhoons often comes flooding that lasts for days and sometimes weeks destroying infrastrucutre and lives in cities, towns and villages. Over the past year, typhoons and floods have become more frequent not only Philippines but also in China where the country recently witnessed an unannounced but expected typhoon flood across villages and towns which left hundreds of people homeless and several people missing. Bangladesh has battles floods and typhoons for most of its existence. Mother nature and water has become an existential threat since the country is one of the world's most low lying countries who can face receeding into the sea if the polar icecaps were to melt completely. Even if the ice caps do remind, Bangladesh still faces being washed away over time by strong and less mild typhoons, earthquakes and floods that affect the capital Dhaka. Numerous people have gone missing as Haikan continues to move from Phillipines and head towards Vietnam.

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