Torrential downpours and a high tide left many areas under water in the Southern Philippines. The tragic consequences of the floods are that 7 people lost their lives and nearly 7000 people were forced to leave their houses as the water rose waist-high in Mindanao.
Rainfalls rate during January has been more than twice the average of this period and around 300km to the east Cagayan De Oro has been left under water.
For one more time the workers and the poor habitants are paying the price of the lack of adequate protective measures. The ineffective protective measures result from the capitalistic way of production that ignores peoples’ needs and cares only for the profits. The workers must realize this reality and move on to class oriented militant struggles in order to put pressure on authorities and the governments in every country to safeguard the safety of the people in cases of nature disasters.
The World Federation of Trade Unions representing 92 million workers in the 5 continents calls on workers to fight for the abolition of the capitalistic barbarity and build a society that will focus on people and their needs and not profit. At the same time the WFTU demands the immediate implementation of adequate security measures in order to protect the citizens and prevent similar disasters. Also the WFTU demands the recovery of flooded areas with the financial support of the affected people.