Deforestation could worsen Haiyan's impact

2013-11-11 12:01
This aerial photo shows typhoon devastation along the coast in Eastern Samar province, central Philippines four days after Typhoon Haiyan hit the country. (Ted Aljibe, AFP)

This aerial photo shows typhoon devastation along the coast in Eastern Samar province, central Philippines four days after Typhoon Haiyan hit the country. (Ted Aljibe, AFP)

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Cape Town – The impact of super typhoon Haiyan could be worsened by large-scale deforestation in the Philippines, according to reports.

Mongabay.com reports that the Philippines has lost almost 50% of its forest cover to agriculture and mining.

According to the national Forest Management Bureau Philippines forests have declined from 21 million hectare in 1900 to 6.5 million hectares by 2007.

A 2007 study published in Global Change Biology journal found a relationship between deforestation and flood frequency.

“Based on an arbitrary decrease in natural forest area of 10%, the model-averaged prediction of flood frequency increased between 4% and 28%,” the study said.

The study concluded that “Unabated loss of forests may increase or exacerbate the number of flood-related disasters, negatively impacting millions of poor people, and inflicting trillions of dollars in damage in disadvanged economies”.

Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the central island of Samar, 600km southeast of Manila, on Friday with maximum winds of 315km/h.

According to AFP reports Haiyan’s wind strengths made it one of the four most powerful typhoons ever recorded in the world.

More than 10 000 people have reportedly been killed as the typhoon destroyed entire towns across the Philippines.





 
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