Why Manila Floods: Global Warming Is Only Part Of The Causal Loop

As the Typhoons Grow Stronger, There Is Nowhere for the Water To Go Manila Floods 2013

There is no end in site for increasingly devastating flooding as 130,000 flee the Philippines capital

Flooding is not new to the Philippines, but stupid human tricks are creating a whole new level of disaster. In August 2013, the early typhoon season is once again causing deadly flooding in Manila and the surrounding region. At least seven people are dead and tens of thousands have been driven from their homes. Although Manila’s location in the tropics places it in the path of Pacific typhoons, the inevitability of catastrophic flooding has increased dramatically over the past 50 years.Stronger storms pour ever increasing amounts of rain into the region every year. Meanwhile the population has grown unchecked for decades, with little investment in improving infrastructure on the part of a traditionally corrupt government. The canals, waterways and wetlands that once drained the region have been lost to development. On the uplands surrounding the mega city, the forests have been clear cut by a desperate population, removing any natural barriers to cascades of flooding waters from above. Incredibly, squatters living a marginal existence on the edges of the city produce so much trash that it clogs what little drainage system exists.

In many ways, Manila is a poster child for dozens of other mega-cities spawning in the early decades of the 21st century. It is a harbinger for things to come.

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