"Shoddy construction," location, rising temps all to blame for typhoon

The 7,000 islands that make up the Philippines are in an area most prone to storms, according to studies. That's because "[g]eography, meteorology, poverty, shoddy construction, a booming population, and, to a much lesser degree, climate change" come together to form the susceptible conditions. In Tacloban, the area hardest hit by the recent super typhoon, about 33% of the houses have wooden exterior walls and almost 15% have grass roofs. Nevertheless, some see changes in the climate, particularly a rise in temperatures, as "a recipe for catastrophic heatwaves, floods, droughts and sea-level rise."

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