Is anyone in RP thinking about floods and storm surges? PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 18 March 2017 12:07

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses…” (Jeremiah 10:13, the Holy Bible).

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CNN’S “THE COMING STORMS”: There were interesting media reports in the past about the forthcoming strong typhoons and storm suges. We in the Philippines must pay attention to what they are saying: the threat of floods overcoming many parts of the world from severe storms is now greatly increased, and not just in low-lying areas.

From the Storm Surge Research Group at Stony Brook University in Long Island, US, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, also in the US and the Alfred Wegener Institute of Germany, an attribution is being made about this coming widespread flooding and deadly storm surges arising from the melting of the polar ice caps and increasing sea levels.

The three are now proposing the building of dams or storm surge barriers around coastal cities in the US and in Europe as a first line of defense, at a cost of billions of dollars. They are also urging the building of additional satellites or the refurbishing of the old ones, to enable governments to determine with accuracy the strength of incoming typhoons, hurricanes, or other weather disturbances.

 

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WHAT IS RP DOING ABOUT STORM SURGES? As far as the Philippines is concerned, what have we been doing to address this phenomenon other than forcibly evacuating Filipinos living in coastal areas and in the places which lay in the direct path of super storms? Is there anyone or any group which is thinking or planning how to combat the effects of deadly rains, floods and strong winds even before they happen?

The experience of other places would tend to indicate that planning responses to natural calamities and compelling authorities to act on those plans are not easy. A CNN report says many years were spent on warning officials of a storm surge in the nature of Hurricane Sandy, to no avail, until Sandy struck in October 2012 and caused some US$80 billion in property damage in New York and New Jersey alone.

I hope Philippine authorities will not be waiting for a similar devastation to happen in the country before even starting to plan on what to do to minimize, if not altogether eliminate, the death and destruction coming from rains, floods and winds. For sure, rains, floods and winds are here to stay, and the sooner we realize this fact and come up with a concrete plan to avert or soften the impact of these natural calamites, the better.

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IS ANYONE IN RP THINKING ABOUT FLOODS AND STORM SURGES? In all these preparations, it might be well to realize that global warming and climate change, and the destructive rains, floods and winds that go with these phenomena, have been warned about in the Bible, both in its Old and New Testaments.

In Deuteronomy 28:15 and 22-23, the Bible warns: if we do not listen to God anymore (that is, if we don’t read the Bible anymore) and if we do not obey His commands anymore, He will afflict us with scorching heat and drought, where the sky above our heads will be as hot as bronze, and the soil which we step on will be as hard as iron.

In Matthew 7:24-27, the Bible talks about death and destruction from rains, floods and winds. It says the same thing as Deuteronomy 28:15, 22-23: if we listen to the Word of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, and obey it, we shall be saved. If we listen to Him yet we do not obey Him, we shall fall and suffer a “great crash”. Perhaps, our authorities can derive an inspiration from these Biblical verses when planning about storm surges and typhoons and floods.

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