Unchecked illegal gold mining and decades of indiscriminate logging contributed to the high death toll in the Philippines' worst natural disaster this year, officials and experts say.
Miners pan for gold at a river near the typhoon disaster zone in Mawab town, Compostela Valley province, on December 9. Illegal gold mining and decades of logging contributed to the high death toll in the Philippines' worst natural disaster this year, experts say.
Whole towns were washed away or buried by landslides when Typhoon Botha smashed into a mountainous region on the southern island of Mindanao last week, leaving 548 people confirmed dead and 827 missing.
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