A lesson from Sri Lanka on saving mangroves
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When Yolanda lashed Samar and Leyte in November 2013, feet tripped on feet to contain the damage. The statistics that surfaced five months after were terrifying: 6,300 dead, 4.1 million displaced, and 1.1 million houses damaged or destroyed. To this day the effects are still being felt by the villagers, mostly in the form of shortages of basic necessities such as potable water, dwellings, and electricity. Efforts to rehabilitate the mangroves post-Yolanda are encountering issues too, especially among some scientists up in arms saying only mangrove species endemic to an area should be planted, otherwise it's all a waste.
Marcelo, F. C. (2015, June 1). A lesson from Sri Lanka on saving mangroves. Malaya Business Insight, pp. B1, B6.
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