Philippines – coconut down

Philippines - damaged coconut trees

For the rural population relying on coconut farming, Yolanda was not only a disaster because it destroyed their homes. For the next eight to ten years, the time until the newly planted coconut trees will bear the same fruit as before Yolanda, they will be struggling.

Philippines – Yolanda took it away

Coconut trees and basketball court destroyed by super-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

The sheer wind force of super-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) destroyed more than 90% of the palm trees in its path. Coconut farmers will be devoid of their regular income during the next eight to ten years.

Philippines – stranded ships after Yolanda (Haiyan)

stranded ship Ligaya V

This ship had slaughterhouse waste on board, which annoyed the neighbours quite a bit. In tropical temperatures rotting meat in these quantities constitutes a massive health problem. Actually it is not the meat itself, but rats and flies that feed and breed on it. I wonder if it was an angry neighbour who set the bridge on fire?

Philippines – coping with disaster waste

Excavators on temporary disaster waste dumpsite in Tacloban, Philippines, after the super-typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan

Immediately after super-typhoon Yolanda (or, internationally: Haiyan) had hit the Philippines, a mixture of mud, wood, cars, waste and other unpleasant stuff filled the streets of Tacloban. It took a fleet of hundreds of trucks several weeks to clear the streets. It was brought to an old bus station inside Tacloban, the Abucay terminal. From there it was transported to the official dumpsite north of Tacloban. By now the bus terminal area has been cleared, another step forward to normal life.

Oil Spills in Niger Delta: Illegal Refineries

Oil theft and illegal refining represent some of the causes of environmental pollution in Niger Delta, besides lack of maintenance and accidents with oil installations. These activities provide profit for a few, whilst damaging the environment and by destroying the mangrove ecosystem also destroy the livelihoods of rural communities.

Oil Spills in Niger Delta (6)

The scenery in Niger Delta sometimes can give you the creeps: crude oil, dead trees and mangrove. Shot taken southeast of Bodo, Rivers State, Nigeria (Canon EOS 500D, EF-S18-55mm, 40 mm, f/10, 1/200 s, ISO 200).