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Philippines Requests International Aid as a Victim of Climate Change

10/15/09

~Amy Richmond, Indiana USA

After experiencing a series of catastrophic storms last month, comprehensively taking 712 lives and adversely affecting millions of others, the Philippines are asking for at least one billion dollars from donors all around the world to recoup their losses. Part of the reasoning behind this request is the belief that, as stated by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, “The Philippines is a victim of climate change, not a culprit.” The World Bank and UN are currently attempting to determine the damage in monetary terms; preliminary numbers easily already exceed five-hundred million dollars in total damages.

Floodwaters in especially disaster-prone areas reached over five meters in height, causing the Philippine government to seriously reconsider methods of flood control. These disasters highlight the Philippines’, and other island states’ susceptibility to the effects of rising seas, changing weather patterns, and climate change.

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