Iloilo Governor Neil Tupas said Fengshen was the worst typhoon to hit the province on Panay Island, also home to Antique and Capiz, in more than 30 years.
In Manila where the Philippine bishops gathered for their plenary assembly, Archbishop Angel Lagdameo of Jaro, CBCP
president, told UCA News on July 6 that more than 200,000 people in his
archdiocese, which covers Iloilo, were affected by flooding that followed the storm.
After a tour of the province, he
blamed "not only the flood but also logs that were carried by the flood" for destroying poor peoples' bamboo houses.
"The runoff did not just include logs that were previously cut but also trees that were uprooted.If there are strong rains in the area, there could be cascading of soil -- that is something we should worry about," he
also blamed mining operations for river flooding during the storm and the opening of a dam near Iloilo City, which caused the city, where the archdiocese is based, to have the worst floods on record.
"One big reason for the flooding was ... quarrying.There has been so much sand and gravel taken from our rivers that the banks can no longer hold back the rushing rivers during hard rains," he
told UCA News