A car lies battered among the ruins of a village in Antipolo, Rizal, a suburb in the outskirts of Manila. In August 1999, three days of continuous heavy rainfall, exceeding the average annual rainfall in the area, caused a disasterous landslide which ...

Photo | November 9, 2006

A car lies battered among the ruins of a village in Antipolo, Rizal, a suburb in the outskirts of Manila. In August 1999, three days of continuous heavy rainfall, exceeding the average annual rainfall in the area, caused a disasterous landslide which affected the eastern portion of Cherry Hills Subdivision, damaging 378 houses, killing 58 people, and injuring 31 others. A report released by Greenpeace in 2005, and authored by former weather bureau chief Leoncio Amadore, listed seven (7) extreme tropical cyclone/southwest monsoon-induced extreme events from 1991 to late 2004, namely: the Ormoc Catastrophe, 1991; Cherry Hill Tragedy, 1999; Payatas Garbage-slide, 2000; Baguio-La Trinidad landslides, 2001; Camiguin flashfloods, 2001; Southern Leyte-Surigao disaster, 2003; and the Aurora floods, 2004. These extreme events have one thing in common--persistent torrential rains, causing landslides and flash floods, killing people and destroying properties and the environment along its path.