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From VOA Learning English, this is In the News.

The Philippine government is defending its efforts to get assistance to victims of T phoon !ai an. "an have received little or no assistance since the storm str#c$ a wee$ ago. Interior %ecretar "ar &o'as said Frida in the cit of Taclo(an that the need is massive, immediate and not ever one can (e reached. The aircraft carrier )%% *eorge +ashington and other )% Nav ships arrived in the Philippines this wee$ to help with disaster relief operations. The ships (ro#ght helicopters and emergenc aid. The Nav is deplo ing the helicopters to inspect damage from T phoon !ai an. The aircraft are also (eing #sed to transport s#pplies to affected comm#nities. The aircraft carrier also has medical services and can prod#ce ,.- million liters of fresh water a da . The storm displaced h#ndreds of tho#sands of people. The co#ntr .s chief of disaster relief said Frida that at least /,011 people are $nown to have died. The amo#nt of food and other aid sent to the Philippines has increased in recent da s. 2#t moving the aid from airports or other areas has (een a slow process, in part (eca#se wrec$age (loc$s man roads. %cientists sa T phoon !ai an was one of the strongest storms on record ever to hit land. %ome people wonder whether man3made climate change pla ed a part in the t phoon. 2o( +ard is with the *rantham &esearch Instit#te on 4limate 4hange at the London %chool of Economics. 5There6s certainl strong circ#mstantial evidence (eca#se we $now that the strength of tropical c clones, h#rricanes, t phoons, depends ver m#ch on sea s#rface temperat#res. The act as the f#el. And we6ve got ver warm waters in the Pacific at the moment, which have (een increasing (eca#se of climate change, and those ver warm waters are what powered this t phoon.7 2o( +ard sa s the intensit of storms seems to (e increasing. 5O#r models are not ver clear at the moment. 2#t we might e'pect in the f#t#re that we might even see fewer, (#t those that do occ#r will (e m#ch stronger than we6re e'periencing now.7 2enedict 8empse is with the aid gro#p %ave the 4hildren. !e sa s detailed weather predictions meant that some aid wor$ers were alread in place when the storm hit. 5!alf a do9en people went into the path of the storm in order to (e prepared for the response in Taclo(an and elsewhere in the Philippines.7 !e sa s aid agencies are learning to prepare for nat#ral disasters of this $ind.

52etween aro#nd :11: and :1,,, on average over :01 million people a ear are (eing affected ( disasters. And so we6re seeing the realit of these trends acting o#t on the gro#nd, and it6s a(sol#tel something that we6re having to prepare to respond to in the f#t#re.7 2enn Peiser is director of the *lo(al +arming Polic Fo#ndation. !is gro#p ;#estions whether h#man activities are to (lame for rising temperat#res. !e sa s people sho#ld (e concerned a(o#t disaster preparation instead of c#tting gases lin$ed to climate change. 5This was the :1th tropical storm to have hit the Philippines this ear. %o this is going to contin#e no matter what we decide on 4O:, these storms will contin#e.7 4limate change tal$s are ta$ing place in +arsaw, Poland. At the tal$s, the Philippine representative appealed for an agreement to c#t ind#strial gases li$e car(on dio'ide. %cientist 2o( +ard sa s the delegates sho#ld pa close attention. 5I thin$ this t phoon will foc#s minds ver m#ch on the fact that if we s;#a((le and dela in getting an agreement, we6re going to see more and more of these $ind of events with ver , ver severe h#man costs.7 2#t o(servers at the +arsaw tal$s sa a deal on c#tting greenho#se gases still appears to (e far awa . And that6s In the News, from VOA Learning English. I6m 2o( 8o#ght .