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The next Philippines natural disaster is coming

What can be done to reduce the human and economic toll

| Philippines
A woman and a child walk on debris after flooding from Typhoon Vamco in Rodriguez in November 2020: much of the toll can be prevented.   © Reuters

Robert Kaufman heads the Philippines country office for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Imagine getting hit by six typhoons during a deadly pandemic. For millions of people in the Philippines, this was their reality as 2020 came crashing to a close. Predictions of the increasing severity and frequency of emergencies have come true.

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