Between 9-11 March, hundreds of trucks were delayed stuck in a logjam in Matnog—the logistical doorway connecting islands Luzon and Visayas in the Philippines. The cause of the huge delay? Neither an earthquake nor a supertyphoon. Just a few large waves. The two islands, and a third further south, Mindanao, make up the 7,107 islands in the country. And the incident in Matnog was not even a first.
That Philippines is a logistical nightmare is an understatement. Even when logistics companies find a workaround, there’s no telling when a storm would hit, as the country is located squarely on the Pacific’s typhoon belt.