Disasters: Torn by Wind and Water

In the Philippines it was a roaring typhoon; in Korea, a torrent of rain. Together, wind and water left a trail of misery last week that stunned even those Asians long inured to natural disasters. Typhoon Ike hit the southern Philippine coast with gusts of over 120 m.p.h., leaving a path of destruction that reached into the northern tip of Mindanao and pummeled the islands of Cebu, Negros and Panay. The storm left more than 2,000 dead and 200,000 homeless before moving across the South China Sea to northeastern Thailand, causing several more...

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