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Big River Rising

Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines is a country living on the edge of disaster.

Earthquakes, volcanoes, typhoons and floods all threaten the safety of its 94 million citizens.

On 7 August 2012, extreme monsoon rainfall devastated its capital Metro Manila, forcing close to three quarters of a million people to evacuate their homes.

Big River Rising is the story of Banaba, a slum dwelling community who use scientific solutions to help them survive.

Two children monitor the river

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Find out more about the inspiring story of mother-of-five Belen de Guzman, as she nervously monitors the rising water as it threatens Banaba, the settlement community where she lives.

A resident of Laguna de bay stands in the river water

Web documentary

Watch our video series, which illustrates the story of Banaba, a slum dwelling community who use scientific solutions provided by our partners to help them survive.

*Please note: Big River Rising was originally built using a third party experimental storytelling platform which is no longer available. Please instead use its replacement on this website.

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