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‘Ondoy’ sign of ‘ignored elephant’

MANILA, Philippines?Lourdes Francisco, 43, wasn’t just a witness to the terrible fury of climate change; she was also a victim. For that was what Storm ‘Ondoy’ (international codename: Ketsana) was all about, experts say, when it swept across Luzon starting on Sept. 25 last year and dumped a record amount of rainfall. It was a symptom of climate change that a United Nations statement described as a ‘slapping reminder of an elephant that has long been ignored.’ Floods swirled through much of the Philippine capital the next day?a Saturday?and forced Francisco to take shelter in her mother-in-law’s house at Sitio Sto. Ni

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