AROUND this time last year, over 9 000 people died in the Philippines, a poor developing nation in south-east Asia, following a violent tropical cyclone called Typhoon Bopha. A few weeks ago, disaster struck again as another cyclone left a trail of destruction and more than 10 000 people feared dead. Mass burials were initiated for many of those who died.

The financial and infrastructure costs arising from this damage are too ghastly to contemplate, but like many developing countries in Africa, the Philippines' response to the cyclone lacked efficiency. ...


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