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FLOODS & DEFORESTATION, Philippines. Thousands of people died during flash floods in Leyte, the Philippines. Heavy rains brought floodwaters into river deltas where the poorest communities live, with  access to water; shanty towns, squatter camps were rapidly washed away.  The rapidity of flooding was blamed as much on logging and deforestation as the rain storms themselves. The Philippines, as the in rest of South East Asia, is rife with corruption amongst state, government and military officials who make a profit from illegal logging concessions.