MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Hundreds of thousands of people in the Philippines, Asia’s largest Roman Catholic country, are marking Christmas without homes, adequate food and water, electricity and mobile phone connections. The storm was triggered by a powerful storm that killed at least 375 people last week and devastated most of the central island provinces. Elsewhere, New Zealanders are celebrating Christmas in the warmth of mid-summer with few restrictions, in one of the few countries in the world largely unaffected by the omicron variant of COVID. -19, and Australia is marking the holiday amid a spike in COVID-19 cases, worse than any other phase of the pandemic. And causing further pain for travelers, airlines around the world have canceled hundreds of flights as the omicron variation clutters schedules and reduces staffing levels.
https://kesq.com/news/ap-national-news/2021/12/25/typhoon-misery-in-philippines-pandemic-dampen-christmas-joy/ Flooding in the Philippines, the pandemic reduces the joy of Christmas