Typhoon Bopha - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Typhoon Bopha


Typhoon Pablo after 3 years: The scars have not healed

Dec 05, 2015 - 11:30 AM

A memorial is unveiled in General Santos City for the victims of Typhoon Pablo Bopha which left 1 067 dead and more than 800 missing

MEMORIAL. Mother and daughter remember their loss. All photos by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

PH negotiator calls for end to climate crisis 'madness'

Nov 11, 2013 - 9:53 PM

Naderev Saño pledges to fast during the 12 day conference until a meaningful outcome is in sight

A MOMENT OF SILENCE. Naderev Sano and other delegates pay standing tribute to victims of Typhoon Haiyan during the UN Climate Change Conference COP 19 on November 11, 2013  AFP PHOTO/JANEK SKARZYNSKI

PH needs $47M more for typhoon victims

Jun 20, 2013 - 6:41 PM

The United Nations and other aid donors say about 530 000 people displaced by Typhoon Pablo urgently need permanent shelters and emergency jobs

DESPERATION. Many typhoon survivors have not have decent food for days. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

Yoko Ono donates P400,000 to Pablo victims

Jan 31, 2013 - 12:03 PM

Yoko Ono John Lennon s wife has more connections to the Philippines than you might think

IMAGINE, GIVE. Yoko Ono has a history of helping Filipinos. Photo from the Yoko Ono Facebook page

Reading in the rain

Jan 29, 2013 - 3:32 PM

In Surigao del Sur after typhoon Pablo teachers fight to educate their students in a school without a roof

Students sit outside a shattered classroom in Mahayahay, Lingig, Surigao del Sur. 03 Jan 2013, Photo by John Javellana.

IN PHOTOS: A month after Pablo

Jan 06, 2013 - 9:41 AM

A month after Typhoon Pablo struck the Philippines scenes of rebuilding abound in the hardest hit communities

World welcomes 2013 in rolling New Year's party

Jan 01, 2013 - 1:49 PM

Learn how people around the world celebrated the coming of 2013

Philippines typhoon death toll 'likely to hit 1,500'

Dec 22, 2012 - 3:45 PM

The death toll from a typhoon that devastated the Philippines earlier this month will likely hit 1 500 making it the second deadliest since the country began keeping records says the civil defence chief

'Pablo' damage soars to P34-B; banana losses at P22-B

Dec 21, 2012 - 9:26 PM

Export commitments of Filipino cavendish banana producers to United States will be postponed to fulfill the obligations to other export markets such as Japan and Korea

PABLO DAMAGE. Banana plants felled by typhoon Pablo. Photo taken by Karlos Manlupig on December 4, 2012

Rappler Newscast | December 18, 2012

Dec 18, 2012 - 8:53 PM

President Aquino creates the Transition Commission to write the Bangsamoro Basic Law | The government’s disaster bureau wants 2013 elections postponed in areas devastated by typhoon Pablo | The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines blames the approval of the RH bill on Palace intervention

Photo wRap: #PabloPH, Pacquiao, and the Pope

Dec 16, 2012 - 3:11 PM

The devastation of typhoon Pablo Pacquiao s defeat and a tweeting Pope in this week s Photo wRap

Philippines says rebels violating typhoon truce

Dec 15, 2012 - 5:34 PM

The Philippine government accuses NPA rebels of violating a self imposed truce in typhoon hit areas with attacks on government forces involved in rescue and relief work

Rappler Newscast | December 13, 2012

Dec 13, 2012 - 8:51 PM

In a historic vote the House of Representatives passes the Reproductive Health Bill on 2nd Reading | More than a week later the death toll from typhoon Pablo climbs to more than 900 | Japan deploys fighter jets after a Chinese plane is spotted over islands claimed by both countries

'Pablo' toll now 902; 296 fishermen rescued

Dec 13, 2012 - 9:01 AM

UPDATE The toll from typhoon Pablo Bopha has breached the 900 mark; Evacuees down to 765 530; Fishermen s groups dispute figure on rescued fishermen

DEVASTATION. A man carries construction supplies across a road in the middle of Cateel, Davao Oriental, in the aftermath of typhoon Pablo (Bopha), December 10, 2012. Photo by Karlos Manlupig.

'Pablo:' 890 missing, 714 dead - NDRRMC

Dec 11, 2012 - 10:11 AM

The number of victims of typhoon Pablo Bopha continues to rise with 714 now confirmed dead and 890 missing

DEVASTATION. A man carries construction supplies across a road in the middle of Cateel, Davao Oriental, in the aftermath of typhoon Pablo (Bopha), December 10, 2012. Photo by Karlos Manlupig.

Debris flow: Legazpi City in 2006, New Bataan in 2012

Dec 10, 2012 - 10:40 PM

If the terrain is really dangerous people local governments and aid groups can only do so much

DEBRIS FIELD. A family carrying food relief for victims of Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) walks along a river as they head for home in the village of Andap in the town of New Bataan in the Compostela Valley province on December 8, 2012. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

All Dante prays for is a body to bury

Dec 10, 2012 - 11:24 AM

Dante has checked records of survivors and included all 18 of his family members in the list of the missing He has gone from New Bataan to Tagum City in Northern Davao to New Bataan again visiting morgues and wakes opening every coffin following army trucks hauling back recovered bodies

'Pablo' toll at 647; UN starts aid drive

Dec 10, 2012 - 9:59 AM

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Luiza Carvalho will outline plans for an immediate aid package as well as long term support for the areas hardest hit by Pablo

DESPERATE FOR AID. Victims of devastating Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) jostle for position as they beg for relief food being distributed by members of a private company in New Bataan in Compostela Valley province on December 9, 2012, five days after the storm hit the southern Philippines. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE

'Pablo' victims beg for food

Dec 09, 2012 - 2:19 PM

Have mercy on us please donate read one sign held by a group of ragged kids

Children infront of their damaged home in New Bataan, Compostela Valley, December 5, 2012. Photo by Karlos Manlupig.

Mining, logging contributed to Philippine disaster: experts

Dec 09, 2012 - 1:34 PM

Unchecked illegal gold mining and decades of indiscriminate logging contributed to the high death toll in the Philippines worst natural disaster this year officials and experts say

DISASTER. Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) wiped out towns, killed hundreds, and changed the lives of Filipinos, like these from New Bataan town in Mindanao. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

PAGASA: 'Pablo' to dissipate in 12 hours

Dec 09, 2012 - 10:49 AM

Pablo Bopha now a tropical depression is lingering off the coast of Ilocos Norte Sunday December 9 and is expected to dissipate within the next 12 hours

MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 6:30 a.m., 09 December 2012

Typhoon Pablo moves closer to Luzon, storm signal #1 raised over 4 provinces

Dec 08, 2012 - 12:27 PM

Typhoon Pablo regained strength as it is forecasted to move northeastward at 11 kph skirting Luzon weather bureau Pagasa said in its 5 am weather bulletin

Aquino declares state of national calamity

Dec 08, 2012 - 12:07 PM

President Aquino visits two of the provinces hardest hit by Typhoon Pablo

Aquino: 'Pablo' like World War II, Hiroshima

Dec 07, 2012 - 9:28 PM

President Aquino lays out the government s response to the Hiroshima like devastation from Pablo

Rappler Newscast | December 7, 2012

Dec 07, 2012 - 8:53 PM

Typhoon Bopha twice the impact of Hurricane Sandy leaves almost 300 000 homeless in Mindanao as the death toll rises to at least 500 | Faced with massive destruction President Aquino will declare a state of calamity | A 7 3 magnitude earthquake strikes northeast Japan triggering a small tsunami in Miyagi Prefecture

Aid finally reaches coastal towns in Davao Oriental

Dec 07, 2012 - 7:37 PM

Aid has finally found its way to the hardest hit towns of Boston Cateel and Baganga after roads have become passable and more sea vessels have become avaialble

WASHED OUT. An aerial view of Boston, Davao Oriental. Photo by Assistant Secretary Ray Marfil

Diarrhea, lepto outbreaks seen after 'Pablo'

Dec 07, 2012 - 4:50 PM

The DOH expects an outbreak of diarrhea and leptospirosis in typhoon hit areas in the coming days

ComVal Gov: List of risk areas preposterous

Dec 07, 2012 - 11:47 AM

Compostela Valley Governor Arturo Uy cries foul over an MGB list of high risk areas in the province

SURVIVORS IN NEED. The authorities are asking for help to deliver supplies to the survivors in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley. Photo from Philippine Army 10th Infantry Division's official Facebook page

Pacquiao vows to help typhoon victims

Dec 07, 2012 - 10:58 AM

Pacquiao says he is aware of the situation in typhoon hit Mindanao even while preparing for his fight with Juan Manuel Marquez

UN offers to mobilize help for 'Pablo' victims

Dec 07, 2012 - 5:59 AM

The UN offers to mobilize international aid for the Philippines after typhoon Pablo devastated Mindanao

WAVE OF DESTRUCTION. This is what a Davao Oriental town looked like after typhoon "Pablo" struck. Photo from the Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division's Facebook page

Rappler Newscast | December 6, 2012

Dec 06, 2012 - 8:51 PM

Typhoon Pablo international name Bopha wipes out entire town leaving more than 400 people dead hundreds missing and a quarter of a million homeless Lawmakers supporting the Reproductive Health Bill predict it will pass Congress next week 13 officials of the Development Bank of the Philippines are fired over 660 million peso behest loans to a company of Roberto Ongpin

'Pablo:' 300 fishermen missing?

Dec 06, 2012 - 7:19 PM

The dead are believed to be fishermen and crew members of tuna catcher vessels

'Pablo' destroys quarter of PH banana crop

Dec 06, 2012 - 5:36 PM

The industry group says the deadly storm also likely spread a destructive pest

Banana plants felled by typhoon Pablo, December 4, 2012. Photo by Karlos Manlupig.

ComVal Governor: We didn’t expect this damage

Dec 06, 2012 - 1:25 PM

ComVal officials say they did not expect the extent of the damage from Pablo but DENR execs say there were warned

GRIEF. Residents of New Bataan, Compostela Valley identify the remains of victims of the flooding and landslide in the area, caused by typhoon Pablo (Bopha), December 5, 2012. Photo by Karlos Manlupig.

Price freeze up in areas ravaged by 'Pablo'

Dec 06, 2012 - 1:12 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry imposes a cap on prices of basic goods in these areas to help thousands of families displaced by the strongest typhoon that hit the Philippines so far this year

PRICE FREEZE. Traders are ordered to keep prices at prevailing levels in the aftermath of Typhoon Pablo (Bopha). Photo from AFP

3 Cebu towns ravaged by 'Pablo'

Dec 06, 2012 - 11:58 AM

The towns of Boljoon Oslob and Santander in Cebu were ravaged by storm surges brought by Typhoon Pablo Bopha as it passed by the province Tuesday

No funeral parlors in New Bataan

Dec 06, 2012 - 9:53 AM

Aside from the mud and debris in the town a foul stench outside the town gym where the dead bodies are temporarily laid makes the rescue and relief operations more difficult

CASUALTIES. Bodies lie outside the municipal gymnasium of New Bataan, Compostela Valley, as residents search for their loved ones, December 5, 2012. Photo by Karlos Manlupig.

Weakened 'Pablo' now a tropical storm; All storm signals lowered

Dec 06, 2012 - 8:48 AM

UPDATED Pablo was last spotted 380 km west of Coron Palawan 12 4°N 116 8ºE carrying maximum sustained winds of 115 km h near the center and gusts of up to 145 km h

MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 7:30 a.m., 06 December 2012

Survivors need water, food, clothes - gov't

Dec 06, 2012 - 8:16 AM

3rd UPDATE Rescuers scramble to find at least 300 missing people as the death toll from Pablo continues to rise

Filipinos respond better to 'Pablo'

Dec 06, 2012 - 12:42 AM

The strongest typhoon to hit the country this year claims hundreds of lives despite government warnings and memories of Tropical Storm Sendong last year Paterno Esmaquel reports

'Pablo' maintains strength, moves away from PH

Dec 05, 2012 - 11:38 PM

The typhoon is expected to be out of the Philippine area of responsibility by Friday evening

MOVING OUT. 'Pablo' maintains its strength as it moves away from the country. Image from PAGASA's December 5, 2012 11pm update

Rappler Newscast | December 5, 2012

Dec 05, 2012 - 8:51 PM

The death toll from typhoon Pablo international name Bopha rises to at least 274 people President Aquino says the government’s priority is to rescue and care for evacuees in areas ravaged by typhoon Pablo The Supreme Court says Zaldy Ampatuan is a suspect in the Maguindanao massacre

Fewer areas under 'Pablo' storm signals

Dec 05, 2012 - 6:42 PM

PAGASA says Pablo maintained its strength as it made its way out of the Philippines

US laments 'devastation, loss of life' from #PabloPH

Dec 05, 2012 - 5:52 PM

Washington commended the efforts of the authorities to minimize loss of life before and after the typhoon

TRAGEDY IN MINDANAO. A ragged Philippine flag is testimony to the devastation caused by typhoon "Pablo" in Mindanao. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

Underground River closed, but 'Pablo' avoids Puerto Princesa

Dec 05, 2012 - 5:43 PM

Pablo packs less power than when it ravaged parts of Mindanao avoiding a direct hit on Puerto Princesa

Except for 3 coastal towns, Davao Oriental normalizing

Dec 05, 2012 - 5:10 PM

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas is focusing on 3 coastal towns in Davao Oriental after the rest of the province is reportedly stabilizing

RESCUE EFFORTS. Rescuers prepare their equipments at their quarters in Davao City, in southern island of Mindanao for Typhoon Bopha. Photo by AFP.

3 soldiers dead, 8 missing in ComVal landslide

Dec 05, 2012 - 3:40 PM

Despite the tragedy troops in the area continue their search and rescue operations

Photo by Karlos Manlupig

El Nido resorts brace for typhoon Pablo's wrath

Dec 05, 2012 - 3:14 PM

Businesses catering to tourists in El Nido described by CNNGo as the Best Beach and Island destination in the Philippines are bracing for the wrath of typhoon Pablo international codename: Bopha which hammered various parts of the country

IN PHOTOS: Lives destroyed by 'Pablo'

Dec 05, 2012 - 1:44 PM

Typhoon Pablo kills over 70 and changes the lives of over 100 000 Filipinos

Waiting for 'Pablo'

Dec 05, 2012 - 1:31 PM

Cebu is getting the hang of using social media as a tool for disaster preparedness