17 Dead as Heavy Rains and Floods Continue in Philippines

Heavy Rains and Droughts in Eastern and Southern Philippines Make it Vulnerable to Climate Change

On Friday, the national agency for natural disasters reported that several regions of the eastern and southern Philippines have suffered from the storm since last Monday. The storm caused heavy rains to pour down on the archipelago, and the affected regions of the south and east of the country will still be under heavy rainfall for the next 24 hours, according to the PAGASA.

The region that has the highest casualties is Bicol located in the southeast Luzon where 5 people died. The remaining casualties are coming from Eastern Visayas (4), Northern Mindanao (4), Zamboanga (3) and Davao (1) as reported by the National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRMC).

The storm has also caused 71,442 people to be displaced from their homes and the NDRRMC says the number of the people affected by the storm is more than 523,000.

Climate change can be linked to the vulnerability of the Philippines due to the heavy rains and droughts. International agencies suggest that insufficient infrastructure of shanty towns is also adding to the hefty amount of deaths that the natural disasters causes in the country.

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