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They have been meeting every year for the last 10 years but this meeting will be their last at the site of Highland Towers. Survivors of the tragedy, which saw one block collapse 11 years ago, killing 48 people, will hold their last memorial there on Saturday as the remaining two buildings at the site are due to be demolished.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo banned all commercial logging yesterday as rescuers rushed aid to nearly a million wet and hungry survivors of two deadly storms that are feared to have left more than 1,100 dead.
Helicopters delivered food to famished survivors and picked up casualties as flash floods began to recede, revealing the magnitude of a disaster triggered by back-to-back storms that left more than 650 people dead and nearly 400 missing in the northern Philippines.
It was midnight when gas began to leak from a factory here and killed thousands as they slept in central India 20 years ago. At midnight on Thursday, some 100 survivors held a candlelight vigil to remember the night that changed their lives.