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Dozens killed as south China hit by floods and rainstorms

Jun 11, 2020 - 10:12 AM

Floods and mudslides cause nearly 230,000 people to be relocated and destroy more than 1,300 houses

FLOODED. Submerged streets and inundated buildings after heavy rain caused flooding in Yangshuo, in China's southern Guangxi region. Photo by STR/AFP

2,000 evacuate as Vinta hits town of Zamboanga Sibugay

Dec 23, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Majority of the 2,000 evacuees are housed in the Kabasalan Gymnasium in Barangay Poblacion, Zamboanga Sibugay

Zamboanga City under state of calamity

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:49 AM

(UPDATED) The City Council declares a state of calamity in Zamboanga City which has experienced massive flooding, as well as damage to agriculture and infrastructure, due to heavy rains

CITY DISASTER COUNCIL. Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco presides over the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) meeting. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Muntinlupa #MMShakeDrill tests community and private sector response

Jul 15, 2017 - 6:17 PM

We should always assume that the disaster [management] office or the local [government] will not be able to respond immediately [after an earthquake] a disaster management officer says

FIRE MANIPULATION. Bureau of Fire Protection backed up the Puregold Disaster Response Team in putting off the fire from the fuel pipeline. Photo by Alexa Yadao/Rappler

MMDA: Expect public inconvenience during 4-day #MMShakeDrill

Jul 14, 2017 - 3:58 PM

The organizers of the MMShakeDrill specifically timed the first day of the exercise on July 14 a payday Friday based on the worst case scenario simulation

WORTH IT. MMDA chief Danilo Lim has repeatedly said that the inconvenience will pay off when the so-called 'big one' strikes.

Missing Korean hiker found alive after 11 days

Jun 21, 2017 - 9:23 AM

A Barlig town local finds Choi Sungkyu 56 in a thickly forested area in Latang village Mountain Province

RESCUED.Choi Sung Kyu, 56, is rescued in Sitio Sicling in Latang village. Photo courtesy of Barlig town police station

Cagayan infra, agri damage from Lawin reaches P8.5-B

Oct 31, 2016 - 6:33 PM

Of the P8 5 billion in damages the overall damage to agriculture is pegged at over P5 7 billion with the rest going to infrastructure damage though not including housing damage

Photo c/o Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Butuan disaster official: Information key to risk reduction

Jul 17, 2016 - 4:30 PM

Butuan City Disaster Response and Early Warning Officer Bong Catedral says that it is important to make sure that information is always present when dealing with disasters

Gov't planes bring relief goods to isolated Aurora towns

Oct 21, 2015 - 2:53 PM

UPDATED It is the first time government relief goods are flown to Aurora where some towns have been destroyed and isolated since Typhoon Lando Koppu made landfall Sunday morning

FOOD PACKS. Relief goods are unloaded from a C-130 plane in Baler, Aurora. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Trapped residents seek help as floods rise in Tuguegarao

Oct 19, 2015 - 2:15 AM

But some rescuers refuse to approach some submerged houses because barbed wires may pierce their rubber boats

TRAPPED. The onslaught of Typhoon Lando has left hundreds of residents trapped because of rising floods. Photo courtesy of Dr Raul Ting

72 families in Isabela town evacuated ahead of Typhoon Lando

Oct 17, 2015 - 2:37 PM

The government is also monitoring major river basins in order to advise local government units when to conduct pre emptive evacuation

Conversation: How do we solve the flooding problem?

Aug 27, 2015 - 7:40 PM

Join our simultaneous Facebook and Twitter PHVote conversation on Friday August 28 at 12 noon Manila time

Marikina youth learn use of social media for disaster response

Jun 27, 2015 - 9:58 PM

Marikina youth and local government officials learn how to use Rappler s Project Agos online platform for reporting emergencies during disasters

Typhoon Dodong: Isabela, Cagayan warned of storm surges

May 10, 2015 - 3:45 PM

NDRRMC Usec Alexander Pama warns the public to also prepare for possible flooding and landslides caused by the typhoon

Nepal devastation a 'wake-up call' for vulnerable region

May 06, 2015 - 3:15 PM

The conditions that have long raised alarm bells for Nepal are mirrored across the South Asian region regularly hit by quakes that have left tens of thousands dead and homeless in the last two decades

NEW NORMAL. A young boy plays with a ball in front of a destroyed house in Patan, Kathmandu, May 5, 2015, after the devastating April 25 earthquake that hit Nepal. Diego Azubel/EPA

#RescueMarch: What is it all about?

Apr 26, 2015 - 2:25 PM

On Sunday RescueMarch trended online Find out what it is all about

Imminent water crisis declared in Iloilo City

Apr 22, 2015 - 10:17 AM

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog says the city will be declared under a state of water crisis if there are no rains next week and the water supply remains low

DISTRIBUTION. Mobile water tanks can be seen around the city because of water rationing in barangays. Photo by Joselito Villasis

Isabela bans liquor, fishing, swimming as Chedeng nears

Apr 04, 2015 - 3:24 PM

Isabela Governor Faustino Dy III says the province has been preparing for the worst case scenario

Archive of Agos alert maps from past PH typhoons, floods, and earthquakes

Oct 31, 2014 - 10:33 AM

Here s a list of Agos alert maps activated during various disasters that happened in the Philippines between 2013 and 2014

Mayon Volcano 'likely on soft eruption'

Oct 12, 2014 - 9:46 AM

UPDATED Phivolcs also confirms renewed activity and lava flow on Mayon Volcano s eastern side

New Senate bill seeks to create new DRRM agency

Oct 02, 2014 - 5:15 PM

The bill filed by Senator Teofisto Guingona III seeks to transform the NDRRMC into a separate government agency responsible for disaster management

BETTER RESPONSE. Senator TG Guingona files Senate Bill 2417 to strengthen the government's response to disasters of bigger magnitude. Rappler file photo.

300 PH towns to get climate change funds by 2016

Oct 01, 2014 - 7:19 PM

A fund of around P40 million is proposed to help make Philippine towns more resilient to climate change and prepared for disasters

Int'l aid groups urge PH gov't: Learn from Ondoy, review DRRM law

Sep 27, 2014 - 2:00 PM

For us to learn the lessons from Ondoy the government must seriously take into account the vulnerabilities of individuals and communities in terms of poverty gender age

Gazmin: New PH disaster command center won't cost taxpayer

Jul 09, 2014 - 1:43 AM

A new NDRRMC operations center fully packed with high end communication facilities is expected by 2015

Setting standards for disaster management

Jun 25, 2014 - 10:47 PM

The DILG conducts a one day activity workshop in order to formulate disaster preparedness standards

San Francisco: The island where all survived

May 31, 2014 - 9:46 AM

Rappler visits San Francisco town in the Camotes Islands famed for its zero casualty during Typhoon Yolanda to find out what they re doing right

PUROK SYSTEM. The purok, a government unit smaller than a barangay, was instrumental in the zero casualty count of San Francisco town in the Camotes Islands. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Zamboanga's valedictorian: 'Our hearts cannot be shaken'

Apr 15, 2014 - 8:15 AM

They lost their homes their parents lost jobs children stopped schooling for a while but Sedimar Suhaili urges his classmates: Trust God this happened for a reason

5 steps to disaster-ready, climate-resilient communities

Nov 25, 2013 - 12:09 PM

Here are ways PH communities can better prepare for the next storm and adapt to possibly even more catastrophic climate change impacts

RISING FROM DISASTER. Communities in Eastern Visayas rebuild their homes and their lives after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) brought the region to its knees. Photo by Jake Verzosa

Task: Locate teachers in disaster areas

Nov 12, 2013 - 3:09 PM

Temporary learning spaces will be set up once school officials are accounted for says Education Secretary Armin Luistro

Philippines helpless in face of powerful storms: experts

Nov 11, 2013 - 6:50 PM

Experts say the Philippines may not be able to do anything against relentless storms

DEVASTATION. Experts say parts of the country may be helpless against relentless storms. Photo by Rupert Ambil/Rappler

2 dead, 21 missing in Busuanga, Palawan

Nov 11, 2013 - 5:06 PM

As of Sunday more than 5 000 Coron residents are still displaced from their homes

CALAMITY. Typhoon Yolanda's wrath in Coron, Palawan. Photo by EPA/Office of the Mayor of Coron

Week-long suspension of classes in 9 Cebu towns

Nov 10, 2013 - 7:00 AM

More class suspensions are expected on Sunday November 10 as DepEd continues to assess the status of schools in provinces affected by Yolanda

ISOLATION. Daanbantayan town in Bantayan Island is one of the nine areas where classes will be suspended next week. Photo by Bibi delos Reyes

#TalkThursday: Risk mapping Metro Manila

Oct 19, 2013 - 11:55 AM

Rappler talks to Dr John Schneider a geoscientist from Australia and the main consultant for gathering the data for the risk maps

Panic during quake caught on CCTV

Oct 15, 2013 - 1:38 PM

People as well as animals run for their lives during a magnitude 7 2 earthquake in the Visayas

Strong quake rocks Visayas; 28 dead

Oct 15, 2013 - 8:34 AM

UPDATED The magnitude 7 2 quake struck at 8:12 am centered 2 km southeast of Carmen Bohol injuring many and damaging property across the region

SEVERE DAMAGE. The centuries-old Loboc Church in Loboc, Bohol shows its collapsed roof after a magnitude 7.2 quake in the region, 15 October 2013. Photo courtesy of Robert Michael Poole (@tokyodrastic)

Ilocos, Cordilleras told: brace for heavy rains

Aug 21, 2013 - 11:53 AM

Ilocos region and CAR are warned against moderate to heavy rains but it will not be as bad as the brunt suffered by southern Luzon and Metro Manila

FIELDS AFFECTED. Flooding in Pangasinan made roads impassable and affected rice plantations. Photo by Twitter user @jaymgaspar

More than 600,000 affected by monsoon

Aug 20, 2013 - 4:37 PM

NDRRMC: Death toll rises to 7; Total of 125 024 families affected across Luzon

150,000 flood victims across Luzon

Aug 19, 2013 - 7:14 PM

Torrential rains brought on by a storm enhanced monsoon continue to be felt with the Philippine government reporting 3 dead and 11 hurt

DIRTY POOL. A child swims in flood waters in a street in Manila, August 19, 2013. Photo by Rappler

3 dead, 11 hurt due to monsoon rain

Aug 19, 2013 - 5:58 PM

4 are missing due to the effects of the monsoon rain which was enhanced by the presence of tropical storm Maring Trami

DIRTY POOL. A child swims in flood waters in a street in Manila, August 19, 2013. Photo by Rappler

PAGASA: Forecasts OK despite Tagaytay radar repair

Aug 19, 2013 - 5:32 PM

PAGASA assures the public that weather forecasts are not hampered by the repairs being done on the Tagaytay Doppler radar

Defense Sec Voltaire Gazmin, Executive Sec Paquito Ochoa, and Interior Sec Mar Roxas II during a briefing at the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council, August 19, 2013. Photo by Rappler/Carmela Fonbuena

State of calamity in Laguna, Cavite

Aug 19, 2013 - 1:08 PM

UPDATED Torrential rain shut down most of Metro Manila and caused severe flooding across 8 provinces in Luzon

Photo by Rappler/Charles Salazar

Maring-enhanced monsoon claims first casualty

Aug 19, 2013 - 8:49 AM

A vehicular accident in Cabugao Apayao involving a jeepney claimed the life of Franco Pedrito Cawayan 30 a resident of Besao Mountain Province

Thousands still stranded in Luzon, Visayas ports

Aug 12, 2013 - 8:10 AM

More than 8 000 passengers are still stranded in ports in Luzon and Visayas due to typhoon Labuyo

STAYING PUT. Stranded passengers wait at the passenger terminal of the Port of Tabaco in Albay, 11 August 2013. Photo by Arcel Cometa

State of calamity in Carmen after twin quakes

Jun 04, 2013 - 8:04 AM

The municipality of Carmen North Cotabato has been placed under a state of calamity after two magnitude 5 7 earthquakes struck the town

LANDSLIDE. Residents check a landslide in a road in North Cotabato on June 2, 2013, caused by the magnitude 5.7 quake centered in Carmen town, June 1, 2013. Photo courtesy of the North Cotabato provincial government

'Ofel' leaves 24 people dead

Oct 27, 2012 - 12:11 PM

Typhoon Ofel leaves 24 dead P36 64 M in damages to infrastructure and agriculture

More than 1-M battle floods; 20 dead

Aug 08, 2012 - 4:22 PM

Neck deep waters continue to trap slum dwellers and the wealthy elite

'Gener' hits Taiwan, leaves 23 dead in PH

Aug 02, 2012 - 12:40 PM

Typhoon Gener makes landfall over Taiwan early Thursday; 23 people dead in Philippines; Monsoon to bring rain over Luzon Visayas

MTSAT Enhanced-IR Satellite Image of typhoon Gener (international codename Saola) 5:32 A.M., 02 August 2012. Image courtesy Pagasa

8 dead as 'Gener' moves north

Jul 31, 2012 - 5:06 PM

Typhoon Gener which already left 8 people dead since Saturday is now moving towards the north but is still threatening extreme northern Luzon

MTSAT Enhanced-IR Satellite Image of typhoon Gener (international codename Saola) as of 3:32 P.M., 31 July 2012. Image courtesy of Pagasa.

NDRRMC monitoring LPA east of southern Luzon

Jun 24, 2012 - 1:01 PM

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council NDRRMC is closely monitoring Sunday June 24 the low pressure area spotted east of Southern Luzon

1 dead, 4 missing after 'Chinese vessel' bumps fishermen's boat

Jun 24, 2012 - 1:00 PM

UPDATED One fisherman died and 4 are missing in Pangasinan after their fishing boat was allegedly bumped by a Chinese vessel north of the disputed shoal