In a year already filled with extreme weather, get ready to add another one. This one has all the makings of being severely devastating.
Typhoon Bopha is a category 5 storm and is striking the Philippine island of Mindanao. Mindanao is not equipped to handle a storm of this strength. A tropical storm that hit it last year caused 1,268 deaths. A category 5 storm is orders of magnitude more powerful than that.
Mindanao is very close to the Equator and rarely gets hit by tropical storms as a result. Thus the infrastructure isn’t there. Now, two years in a row storms will have hit this poor island and at least 40 deaths are already confirmed.
When are we going to do something about the destruction we are causing? It’s looking all too likely that the answer is when it’s too late.