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Disaster Prone: Landslides, Stampedes, Earthquakes, Eruptions

For the latest news on the landslide that occurred today in Leyte, check out the following: Google News, Yahoo! News (see also images), and Topix.net.

It's rather frustrating that the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) still has "Kawal Kalinga: Housing Revolution for Filipino Soldiers" as its "latest news," while the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center already has "Landslide in the Philippines," which comes with a map signifying the location of Leyte relative to Manila. Forgive me for being dense, but what exactly does the NDCC press release have to do with disaster coordination?

If you would like to know more about the history of disasters in the Philippines, you can check out Txtmania.com's "Philippine Disasters," which reads more like an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records, or you may wish to spend some time going over the 62-page "The Philippine Disaster Management Story: Issues and Challenges" (html, pdf, Word), which traces the history of our disaster-prone country "from the pre-colonial period to the present time." The report was published in 2001, but with the recent stampede and now this landslide, it's very clear that there is still more that needs to be done.

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