New Storm Hits Reeling Philippines

Tropical depression Zoraida carries heavy rains; country pushes for climate action
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 12, 2013 10:07 AM CST
In this aerial photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, a ferry boat is seen washed inland from a massive storm surge caused by Typhoon Haiyan, in the city of Tacloban.   (AP Photo/Philippines Air Force)
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(Newser) – A new storm has struck the Philippines with heavy rain. Fortunately, Tropical Depression Zoraida landed almost 300 miles from the worst of Typhoon Haiyan's devastation, the Wall Street Journal notes, and the latest storm—the 25th to hit the country this year—has been downgraded to a low-pressure area, reports. Still, Davao City, the large southern island's biggest city and regional home to 2.2 million, saw 3.2 inches of rain over 24 hours, reports. The site adds that some of the areas slammed by Haiyan have seen heavy new showers.

Meanwhile, the Philippines is calling for climate change action following the typhoon. With UN meetings on the matter beginning in Warsaw, Philippines delegate Naderev Saño wrote in the Guardian yesterday: "To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change, I dare them to get off their ivory towers ... I dare them to go to the islands of the Pacific." His comments come with governments struggling to move forward on the issue, the Guardian notes. But "typhoons such as Haiyan and its impacts represent a sobering reminder to the international community that we cannot afford to procrastinate on climate action," he writes. (Read more Philippines stories.)

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