Local Leaders Allegedly Ignore Warnings: 1,200 Dead

When Typhoon Washi dumped a month’s worth of rain on Mindanao island in just 12 hours, the result was a series of surging flash floods that barreled straight down the slopes of denuded mountains to hit densely populated areas in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities. The local government’s failure to pay heed to national leaders’ warnings about the size of the storm heading their way was another problem, but the aftermath is focusing squarely on the consequences of Filipinos mistreating their environment.
President Benigno Aquino III captured the public mood when he said during a visit to Cagayan de Oro last week that the Philippines hasn’t learned the lessons of the past and must do better to safeguard its environment to avoid future calamities.

Story from the Philippines reported by the Wall Street Journal

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