On World Environment Day, scientist group Agham Advocates of Science and Technology for the People calls on the Aquino government to intensify preparations for El Nino and other imminent calamities.
“If government preparation and response will be similar to what happened during the Yolanda disaster, El Nino is another devastation waiting to happen,” warned Agriculture Engr. Ronald Garcia of scientist group Agham (Advocates of Science and Technology for the People).
According to the group, current government actions such as cloud seeding, water regulation and the disposal of drought-resistant rice varieties would not be able to counteract the impacts that the current El Nino might bring.
Yolanda flattened around 196,101 hectares (ha) of farm lands planted with rice and corn in Eastern Visayas alone. In the years 1997 to 1998, El Nino damaged 292,000 ha of corn and rice farm lands in the country. 70% of the archipelago also suffered from severe drought.