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The heavens are angry NO HOLDS BARRED Armida Siguion-Reyna 01/18/2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The heavens are angry

NO HOLDS BARRED
Armida Siguion-Reyna
01/18/2011
How to forget “Ondoy” and “Pepeng,” two super-typhoons that came close to each other in the last quarter of 2009, isn’t possible. Close to a thousand dead according to the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), damage to property put at P16-plus billion, to infrastructure at P4-plus billion, to agriculture at P11-plus billion — figures like these stay in your mind.

Around that time we found out that much earlier in 2008, there had been Typhoon “Frank,” which hit mostly Iloilo province, where some 500 were said to have perished, thousands injured, hundreds of thousands evacuated, 2 million others affected by damages to houses, infrastructure and livelihood.

It was belated information that filtered out only in the thick of Ondoy and Pepeng; Typhoon Frank when it was ravaging Iloilo to put the city 80 percent underwater didn’t register much in Metro Manila’s chismis scale. It made an impression only when pictures were let out in the Internet to match against those taken of Ondoy’s and Pepeng’s, and the partying set went, “Ay, grabe, how come we didn’t know?”.... MORE

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