On 16 December 2011 Severe Tropical Storm Washi hit the northern coast of Mindanao, the second-largest island in the Philippines. Most severely affected were Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro, both situated at the mouths of major rivers. After years of irresponsible logging practices landslides and flooding brought homes crashing down, destroyed farmland and devastated communities. Over 1,200 people died in what Iligan’s mayor called the “worst flooding the city had ever seen”.

Just across the water lies the island of Bohol. Renowned for its unusual limestone formations – the Chocolate Hills – it ...


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