New Storm Hits Reeling Philippines

Tropical depression Zoraida carries heavy rains; country pushes for climate action

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 12, 2013 10:07 AM CST

(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, philStar.com 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, Weather.com 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.

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.
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)
Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan are stopped by rescue workers as they try to board a C-130 cargo plane at the airport in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.
Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan are stopped by rescue workers as they try to board a C-130 cargo plane at the airport in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 photo, residents queue up to receive treatment and relief supplies at Tacloban airport.
In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 photo, residents queue up to receive treatment and relief supplies at Tacloban airport.   (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Typhoon survivors hang signs from their necks as they queue up in the hopes of boarding a C-130 military transport plane Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Tacloban, central Philippines.
Typhoon survivors hang signs from their necks as they queue up in the hopes of boarding a C-130 military transport plane Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Tacloban, central Philippines.   (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
A body wrapped in cloth labeled with only a name is left on a pew at St. Michael The Archangel Chapel in Tacloban, central Philippines, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.
A body wrapped in cloth labeled with only a name is left on a pew at St. Michael The Archangel Chapel in Tacloban, central Philippines, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
A survivor from Tacloban, which was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, sits after disembarking from a Philippine Air Force C-130 aircraft at the Villamor Airbase, Nov. 12, 2013, in Manila.
A survivor from Tacloban, which was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, sits after disembarking from a Philippine Air Force C-130 aircraft at the Villamor Airbase, Nov. 12, 2013, in Manila.   (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
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