Environmental Degradation, Climate Change Blamed for Massive Flooding

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Environmental Degradation, Climate Change Blamed for Massive Flooding


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) blamed on Monday the massive flooding caused by tropical storm “Ondoy” to environmental degradation and climate change.“The DENR takes note of these tragic consequences of environmental degradation and climate change which is the cause of all these problems,” DENR Secretary Jose Atienza Jr. said.“Nature is getting back at us in a very violent manner because of our neglect, abuse, and inability to protect the environment,” he added.According to World Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines (WWF) Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman Lory Tan, “Ondoy” taught Metro Manila a painful and very expensive lesson on climate change.“With climate change, no one is ever exempt. Its impacts are dynamic and non-linear. Coastal zones and flood prone areas along river banks and lake shores will of course get hit,” Tan said.“But less vulnerable areas and sectors are affected as well, because the impact of an extreme weather event spill over into transportation, infrastructure, power, telecommunications, health, food security, water - all leading to internal displacement and marginalization of hundreds, even thousands, of people,” he added.In a bid to remedy the flood problem, the DENR said it will prohibit the restoration of 60 percent of damaged fish structures in Laguna de Bay to prevent the clogging of waterways, especially during typhoons. …

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