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Study: Typhoon Haiyan's long-term effects include increased mortality rates among infant girls

Relief Efforts Continue After Typhoon Haiyan's Destruction

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Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan wait to board a C130 aircraft during the evacuation of hundreds of survivors of Typhoon Haiyan on November 12, 2013 in Tacloban, Philippines. Four days after the typhoon devastated the region many have nothing left, they are without food or power and most lost their homes. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year.

Here's one more reason not to tune out the aftermath of the typhoon in the Philippines.

Researchers from UC Berkeley and the University of San Francisco recently published a study on the long-term effects of such natural disasters. Focusing on the Philippines, they discovered the devastating toll these annual storms take on the area goes much further than initial casualties and loss of property.

They also found these typhoons significantly increase the mortality rate of infant girls for up to two years after the initial disaster.

Dr. Jesse Anttila-Hughes is an assistant professor at the University of San Francisco and the co-author of the study, joins the show to explain. 


 


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