Case Study: The Philippines

  • The Philippines lies on the boundary of 2 converging plates, the Philippine and Eurasian.
  • There are over 13 active volcanoes the most famous of which is MT PINATUBO The volcanoes are the most costly and deadliest in the world.
  • The area also suffers from earthquakes, floods, landslides and hurricanes!
  • In 1990 1500 people were killed on the island of Luzon from an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale.

 How do these hazards affect development?

Money needed to deal with natural hazards diverts money away from development projects. At present it has $32 billion of foreign debt which eats up 43% of the country’s income.

How can a country develop when money is constantly being diverted to deal with the latest problem?

This video showcases the evacuation of communities with impending volcano eruptions

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