One final post on Typhoon Nanmadol and the devastation in the Philippines. The latest storm left approximately 30 people dead in its wake, in addition to the nearly 1,000 that perished in a series of earlier storms.
Aid workers and relief supplies are stymied in their attempts to reach the affected areas. The roads are washed out and seas are too rough. A naval vessel bearing supplies was forced to turn back because of rough seas, so 400 soldiers are marching into the area on foot, bearing relief supplies. Government officials are urging people to bury their dead. The major fear is that all the corpses and lack of sanitation will lead to outbreaks of disease.
Authorities are placing the blame for the devastation on illegal timber logging, which has left many areas susceptible to heavy rains and landslides.
In addition to the horrific human cost of this storm season, estimates place the agricultural loss in livestock and crops at 1.3 billion pesos ($23 million). This is truly a catastrophe for the Philippines. I urge people to help send relief aid or money to the Philippines.