Accepting the Risks of a Hazardous Situation

44 dead in Compostela Valley town.

Less than a month ago with my guides, we passed by the town of New Bataan in Compostela Valley Province, Philippines.  First comment was the town was experiencing progress. Roads are being concreted and travel was easy. The province was known for limited infrastructure and undeniably small scale illegal mining scattered throughout the province.  A disaster is  always ready to happen given the status quo, with or without a typhoon, news of accidents in mine sites have been common in other towns such as  Pantukan and Diwalwal.  The scale and magnitude of the typhoon was the realization that disaster was indeed waiting to happen and risk had been common.