If we disconnect the horrifying images of sufferance and death of a people from the facts an image appears that leaves nothing to the imagination. Since their existence on that place on the globe hurricanes, typhoons, storms of whichever nature have made landfall there many many times a year. So the arrival of yet another one is not a surprise, it’s a given. A dead certainty. The only thing not certain is it’s severity.
Evolution has a system where it weeds out unfit for survival lifeforms by taxing it with stresses and those who cope survive, those who don’t don’t. It’s a very fair system, it has no value judgments, it’s perfectly neutral.
So here evolution is knocking on the door of the Republic of the Philippines saying: Listen, for ages you know you’re going to get hammered for certain. Why in hell didn’t you already take preventative measures?
Sure, the world steps in, again, and then we step in again, and again, and again and now it’s 2013 and the world keeps on stepping in. Isn’t it about time the world says, ok enough is enough now you’re going to make disaster scenario’s, rehearse them regularly, built resistant communication systems, built proper shelters, stock emergency food, pick your habitation zones such they stand least risk of being flattened, build your homes in such a way the big bad wolf couldn’t knock them over with one puff and tons of other measures that can spare us the images of death and destruction every time a storm knocks on the door.
We’ll help. We’ll send engineers. But just do something already because this is getting ridiculous.