Slideshow - Dam-busting rain in Philippines

  • More than 640,000 people were hit in one week of dam-busting rains

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  • Some two million families found themselves in the path of a deadly storm

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  • Relatives, friends and more than 720 evacuation centres have taken in around 646,000 people

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  • Some 60 people have been reported dead as a result of the storms

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  • The government has distributed US$1 million in flood relief

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  • Volunteers tried to get rice to stranded families

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  • Comparable flooding in 2009 killed more than 450 people

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  • Early warning is saving more lives, but there is room for improvement

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  • Politics and a funding squeeze have stalled a government pledge to relocate communities

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  • Experts say haphazard urban planning has left the country vulnerable to calamity

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Dam-busting rain in Philippines

AUGUST 2012 - Years of haphazard urban planning, combined with worsening weather events, are bringing death and destruction to the Philippines more often. The country of 100 million people has seen huge slum areas multiply, while riverside communities and upscale city developments have grown across an archipelago battered by about 20 storms annually, some of them deadly.
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