Television pictures showed villagers wading waist deep in floodwaters with their livestock, mud-and-brick homes collapsing and people climbing into wooden boats
More than 5,600 people have been evacuated after heavy rains brought floods to several districts in the state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo.
n the span of one week in June, the Old Port River near the research facility in the Central American country’s forested interior flooded three times, destroying houses in the surrounding area. It was one the most intense rainfall events ever experienced in Costa Rica, and a sign of things to come, as climate change promises more extreme weather there in the future.
All eyes are on her as she stands up. Her impassioned voice is a magnet, pulling people’s attention. Her tone is resolute and confident, almost like a political candidate campaigning to get votes.
The woman, however, is not a politician, although the work she is doing is also for the good of her locality. Rather, she is a community volunteer of Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan; Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services), the community-driven development (CDD) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Philippines.
In 2010 Pakistan was struck by its worst ever natural disaster, one fifth of the country was inundated by floodwater causing massive damage to infrastructure. Roads were submerged, bridges swept away, and many schools and hospitals damaged, affecting an estimated 20 million people. As the land was lost to water so were the livelihoods of the people as their crops and homes were destroyed and their livestock drowned.