Philippine church leaders have blamed “man’s sins” of neglect as the cause of massive floods in September following a tropical storm that claimed more than 240 lives and adversely affected almost 2 million people.
The floods submerged most of metropolitan Manila and neighboring provinces following the nine-hour storm Ketsana on September 26.
The damage was caused primarily by “man’s sins of social irresponsibility, neglect, opportunism, laziness and lack of vision,” said Bishop Benjamin Justo of the United Methodist Church.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chief Bayani Fernando listed poor city planning, illegal structures and geography as the major causes for the floods. “Our problem is we live where we should never have lived,” he told reporters.