A lone man surveys the grim devastation wrought by the catastrophic flashflood in Ormoc, Leyte, Philippines. In November 1991, more than 5000 people perished in this single tragedy. Unusually heavy, continuous rains (580.5 millimeters in 24 hours) bro...

Photo | November 13, 2006

A lone man surveys the grim devastation wrought by the catastrophic flashflood in Ormoc, Leyte, Philippines. In November 1991, more than 5000 people perished in this single tragedy. Unusually heavy, continuous rains (580.5 millimeters in 24 hours) brought by tropical storm Uring caused landslides at the steep slope of a river system leading to the city of Ormoc. The floodwaters, along with the landslide debris, surged full force into the city proper, wreaking death and destruction along its path. According to the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) current trends in global warming will cause more intense precipitation over many areas in Asia, increase in tropical cyclone peak wind intensities, intensified droughts and floods associated with El Niño/La Niña events, increased Asian summer monsoon precipitation, and more hot days--causing corresponding severe impacts on human and natural systems.