What’s with the weather?
It’s because of climate change, experts said. It’s the result of our lack of concern for the environment, said pro-environment groups. It’s God’s way of telling us that we have to do something with our world, Church groups said.
There’s a lot to be done. We have to do something. We have to take care of our forests. We have to address environmental destruction. We already know that. We have been warned.
But the rains are here already. The floods have drowned farms and killed people. Our government must address this immediate concern. Lives must be saved. Local economies must be rescued.
As of yesterday morning, the death toll from floods rose to 57 while 32 others remained missing. Most of the victims came from Eastern Visayas and Mindanao.
Authorities said said the floods and landslides have already affected at least 323,149 families or about 1.6 million people in 1,823 villages in 162 towns and 17 cities in 25 provinces. Cases of diarrhea were reported in some towns of the Visayas.
Some 12,523 families or 61,054 people are already living in 74 evacuation centers. At least 395 houses were destroyed while 1,902 were damaged.
Damage to property was estimated at P1.341 billion, including P422.228 million in agriculture and P1.784 billion in infrastructure.
We cannot do anything with the weather. We had our chance in the past. What we can do now is to help those affected by the disasters the hit several areas of our country.
The government should double its efforts in preventing disasters, especially in landslide-prone areas. Local governments should lead in addressing the needs of residents and not rely on national government agencies.
It is just the start of the year and warnings have been raised that there will be more calamities to come in the coming days. Prayers may not be enough. Preparations must be done this early. It is just the beginning.
What’s with the weather? It’s hard to explain. But we must get ready with its effects. Now. Let’s not blame it on the weather.
ALARMING: The spate of kidnappings and killings of car dealers in the past days is alarming. There must be some reason behind the incidents?
What’s with the car dealers being killed. Is there something about selling cars that we ordinary mortals do not understand to lead into such brutal crimes?
Our policemen should give us explanations. What is going on to merit such brutalities?
The deaths due to floods, the political killings and the abductions of car dealers during the first few weeks of the year seem not to be a good sign for the new year.
What awaits us in the coming months?