Alexis Balete, an 18-year-old farmer living in Nueva Ecija, Central Luzon, keeps one eye on the darkening sky as he harvests his rice crop. The wind is picking up, and like many farmers living in the area, he is trying to harvest as much rice as he can before Typhoon Haima makes landfall in the next few hours.
The rice field is located beside a river and was inundated by floods when heavy rains triggered by 2015’s Typhoon Koppu caused it to overflow.
“It’s not really harvest time yet, but we have to act fast,” says Alexis. “We are trying to avoid what happened last year. We were not able to harvest in time before Typhoon Koppu struck in 2015 and we lost all our crops.”Read More