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Japan rescuers battle to reach thousands trapped by floods

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:09 AM

One emergency worker says the coronavirus might be dissuading people from volunteering to help with the rescue efforts

DESTROYED. A man sits outside the house of his aunt, who died from flooding of the Kuma river due to torrential rains, in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture on July 8, 2020. Photo by STR/JIJI PRESS/AFP

Japan issues fresh rain disaster warnings as toll hits 54

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:08 AM

Local media report that some people were preferring to sleep in cars rather than risk coronavirus infection at shelters

DAMAGE. An officer walks past a damaged car in Hitoyoshi, in Kumamoto Prefecture on July 8, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

More than a million hit by India monsoon floods

Jun 30, 2020 - 10:07 AM

About 70% of Assam's World Heritage-listed Kaziranga National Park – home to two-thirds of the world's remaining one-horned rhinos – is submerged by the floods

FLOODED. A villager walks with his cattle through floodwaters at Buraburi village of Morigoan district in India's northeastern state of Assam on June 27, 2020. Photo by Biju Boro/AFP

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

[OPINION] Preparing for typhoon season in the middle of a pandemic

Jun 10, 2020 - 7:33 AM

'Disaster planning managers in the country should do their homework as early as now'

New Zealand PM unruffled as earthquake hits mid-interview

May 25, 2020 - 9:23 AM

'Quite a decent shake here, if you see things moving behind me,' Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says, smiling

CALM AND COMPOSED. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Parliament House in Wellington on April 27, 2020. Photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

'Super cyclone' Amphan batters Bangladesh, India

May 21, 2020 - 9:22 AM

'The situation is more worrying than the coronavirus pandemic. We don't know how to handle it,' India's West Bengal state leader Mamata Banerjee says

FLOOD. Residents walk along a house on a flooded street heading to a shelter ahead of the expected landfall of cyclone Amphan, in Dacope of Khulna district on May 20, 2020. Photo by Munir uz Zaman/AFP

Millions batten down as 'super cyclone' Amphan hits Bangladesh, India

May 20, 2020 - 11:03 PM

Authorities scramble to evacuate more than 3 million people from low-lying areas, but the task is complicated by the need to prevent the spread of coronavirus

SUPER CYCLONE. This NASA Earth Observatory image obtained May 20, 2020, shows Tropical Cyclone Amphan at 16:15 Universal Time (9:45 p.m. India Standard Time) on May 19, 2020 as it moved north-northeast over the Bay of Bengal. Handout/NASA Earth Observatory/AFP

'Super cyclone' to slam India, Bangladesh

May 20, 2020 - 9:39 AM

Along with 'very heavy rainfall,' the system is expected to result in a storm surge pushing the sea level several meters higher

AMPHAN. A man looks out as waves hit a breakwater at Kasimedu fishing harbor in Chennai on May 19, 2020, as Cyclone Amphan barrels towards India's eastern coast. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

[OPINION] Towards a Disaster Risk Reduction approach to virus response

May 06, 2020 - 2:09 PM

'Response to disasters uses a cluster approach at different levels to address multifaceted issues. Why can't this tackle the pandemic?'

Record 50 million people displaced internally – monitors

Apr 28, 2020 - 11:55 AM

'Internally displaced people are often highly vulnerable people living in crowded camps, emergency shelters, and informal settlements with little or no access to health care,' IDMC director Alexandra Bilak says in a statement

ARRESTED. Rohingya people who were arrested at sea in December walk on a beach after being transported by Myanmar authorities to Thalchaung near Sittwe in Rakhine state on January 13, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

Tornadoes bring death, destruction in southern U.S.

Apr 14, 2020 - 11:19 AM

Images show lines of smashed, roofless houses where tornadoes had blasted through, many homes just piles of rubble sitting atop foundations

DAMAGE. This handout photo obtained April 13, 2020 courtesy of the City of Monroe, Louisiana shows the aftermath of storm damage. Photo by Handout/The City of Monroe/AFP

Monster Pacific cyclone Harold batters Fiji

Apr 08, 2020 - 9:02 AM

(UPDATED) Harold remains 'extremely dangerous' and residents in the island's south are advised to shelter in churches, schools, or other substantial buildings

TURBULENT. This handout photo taken on April 7, 2020 shows high seas along the coast in Lamen Bay, after Tropical Cyclone Harold swept through the northern islands of the Pacific island country of Vanuatu. Photo by Tasso Joshua/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Tackling the disproportionate impact of disasters on women

Mar 17, 2020 - 2:26 PM

'One report finds that women and children are 14 times more likely to die in a disaster compared to men, and prevailing traditional gender roles seem to be the culprit'

21 dead as torrential rain hits Brazil

Mar 04, 2020 - 11:21 AM

The victims were electrocuted, buried in landslides, or drowned, emergency officials say

UPSIDE DOWN. Cars are stuck in the water and mud, after heavy rains during the weekend in Realengo neighbourhood, in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 2, 2020. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Tornadoes tear through Tennessee, 25 dead

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:07 AM

News footage shows cars piled up, hangars destroyed, and what appears to be dozens of aircraft smashed into each other

DAMAGE. Buildings damaged by the storm are seen in the Germantown neighborhood following devastating tornadoes on March 03, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images/AFP

Fast response: How Tokyo Olympics will cope if earthquake strikes

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:19 AM

Earthquakes, typhoons, or terrorist attacks can strike anytime, and organizers want to be as prepared as possible

RESCUE DRILL. Members of the Japan Self-Defence Forces and a Tokyo Fire Department rescuer check on dummies of injured persons during a simulation disaster drill at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, a venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in Tokyo on December 19, 2019. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

[OPINYON] Trahedya dahil sa isang terminong hindi nauunawaan ng lahat

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Hindi namimili ang salitang 'trahedya,' at hindi rin dapat namimili ang salitang 'kaligtasan'

Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills 6 in China

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:53 AM

Several people disappear into the sinkhole as it spreads, including what appears to be a child

ACCIDENT. On January 13, 2020, an enormous sinkhole swallowed passers-by and a public bus in northwest China. (Photo by STR/AFP)

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake leaves 1 dead in Puerto Rico – media

Jan 07, 2020 - 5:10 PM

(4th UPDATE) The earthquake's first reported victim, a 73-year-old resident of the southern city of Ponce, died after a wall fell in his home

EARTHQUAKE WORRIES. People remain outdoors for fear of possible aftershocks in Guanica, Puerto Rico on January 8, 2020, one day after an earthquake. Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

Survival surfing: Indonesians riding the waves to beat tsunami trauma

Dec 24, 2019 - 1:02 PM

For some who lost entire families and communities to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, surfing is a way to heal

SURVIVAL SURFING. This picture taken on December 9, 2019 shows Dery Setyawan, a survivor of the December 26, 2004 tsunami, carrying his surfboard after surfing on Lhoknga beach in Banda Aceh, Aceh province. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

Tornado hits 5 barangays in Marawi City – report

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:28 PM

(UPDATED) The Lanao del Sur Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office is conducting assessment in coordination with the city government

TORNADO. A tornado hits several barangays in Marawi City on Monday, November 4. All photos provided by PIA-10 Regional Director Frank Gumapon

Tulunan officials seek help for earthquake victims

Oct 31, 2019 - 2:57 PM

(UPDATED) Municipal officials have asked provincial officials and the national government for more tents, food packs, and trauma healing for earthquake victims

DESTROYED. A structure in Tulunan, Cotabato, is destroyed following a tremor. Tulunan was the epicenter of 3 strong earthquakes in October 2019. Photo courtesy of the Tulunan MDRRMO

Japan allocates millions in aid for typhoon-hit regions

Oct 16, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his government will offer 710 million yen ($6.5 million) to help areas affected by the storm

AFTERMATH. A family rest at an evacuation shelter in Nagano on October 14, 2019, after Typhoon Hagibis crashed into Japan on October 12, unleashing high winds and torrential rain across 36 of the country's 47 prefectures, and triggering landslides and catastrophic flooding. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan searches for survivors as Typhoon Hagibis death toll hits 56

Oct 14, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Rescue work that is continuing into the night risks being hampered by additional rain falling in central and eastern Japan that officials warn could cause fresh flooding and landslides

AFTERMATH. Japan Self-Defense Forces evacuate residents from a flooded area during search and rescue operations in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis in Marumori, Miyagi prefecture on October 14, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press//AFP

Indonesia quake death toll rises to 30 – gov't

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:12 PM

Among the confirmed dead are 3 young children, with many people killed by falling debris in and around quake-struck Ambon City

DAMAGED. Several homes are damaged in Ambon, Indonesia's Maluku islands following a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on September 26, 2019. Photo by Handout/Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana/AFP

Indonesia earthquake death toll lowered to 19 – disaster agency

Sep 27, 2019 - 10:05 PM

National disaster mitigation agency spokesman Agus Wibowo says the death toll has been lowered after officials realized some of the deceased has been double-counted

AFTERMATH. This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, on September 27, 2019 shows damaged homes in Ambon, Indonesia's Maluku islands, following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake on September 26. AFP PHOTO / BADAN NASIONAL PENANGGULANGAN BENCANA (BNPB)

Japan on landslide alert as heavy rains lash south

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The Japan Meteorological Agency warns that life-threatening landslides are possible

RAINS. A train stops at a station during a heavy rain in Kagoshima on July 3, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Floods, blackouts after Thai storm, but tourist islands spared

Jan 05, 2019 - 3:57 PM

The storm tacks away from the key tourist islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, where large numbers of travelers hunker down for 24 hours in heavy rains

BLACKOUTS. Two girls play with a flashlight as a relative sleeps next to them inside an evacuation centre after being displaced by tropical storm Pabuk in the southern Thai province of Nakhon Si Thammarat on January 4, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thousands evacuated as Guatemala volcano erupts, then stops

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Many of those evacuated say they fear a repeat of the deadly June eruption

Firefighters battle blazes on 2 fronts in California, 44 dead

Nov 14, 2018 - 1:46 PM

Most of the fatalities have been reported from the town of Paradise, population 26,000, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains about 80 miles north of Sacramento

PARADISE FIRE. Chris and Nancy Brown embrace while looking over the remains of their burned residence after the Camp fire tore through the region in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Japan economy shrinks in Q3 as natural disasters hit

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:48 AM

Gross domestic product for the July-September period has contracted 0.3% from the previous quarter, reversing growth of 0.8% in the April-June period

ECONOMY SHRINKS. Experts say a number of natural disasters in Japan dampened personal consumption, company investment and exports. File photo from AFP

Why Philippines and Indonesia are prone to natural hazards

Oct 18, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Just like Indonesia, the Philippines has a big earthquake looming in its future. This raises an important question: what makes the Philippines and Indonesia prone to natural hazards?

Trump questions climate change during hurricane damage tour

Oct 16, 2018 - 3:25 PM

President Donald Trump, a longtime climate change skeptic, says he does believe the climate is shifting, but argues that any worsening may not be permanent

VISIT. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tour damage from Hurricane Michael in Lynn Haven, Florida, October 15, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Hurricane Michael death toll hits 17

Oct 13, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, warns that he expects the toll to rise

GONE. Claire mourns as she sees the damage caused by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, on October 12, 2018. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Disease fears as more bodies found in Indonesia disaster

Oct 06, 2018 - 5:32 PM

There are fears that vast numbers of decomposing bodies could still be buried beneath Petobo and Balaroa – two areas virtually wiped off the map

WIPED. Mass graves were being readied on October 1, 2018 for hundreds of victims of the Indonesian quake and tsunami as authorities battled to stave off disease and reach desperate people still trapped under shattered buildings. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Last-ditch search for survivors as Indonesia disaster toll tops 1,500

Oct 05, 2018 - 2:15 PM

After days of delays, international aid has finally started to arrive in the disaster zone, where the UN says almost 200,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance

AFTERMATH. A quake survivor searches for salvageable items from the debris of a factory complex in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 3, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Indonesia earthquake: Kids traumatized as rescuers race against clock

Oct 04, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) According to Save the Children, many youngsters are sleeping on the streets among ruins in Palu, and authorities urgently need to identify and reunite them with their relatives

REFUGE. Children pose in front of a tent on a field of a mosque where they took refuge in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Typhoon Trami pounds Japan, dozens injured

Sep 30, 2018 - 5:29 PM

(UPDATED) At least of 65 people are reported to have sustained injuries

STRONG WINDS. A pedestrian holds his broken umbrella a she walks against a strong wind after Typhoon Trami hit the city of Kagoshima, on Kyushu island, on September 30, 2018. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Typhoon Trami injures 45, direct hit on Japan mainland expected

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:20 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Typhoon Trami injures at least 5 and forces 600 people to evacuation centers as it pummels through Okinawa, Japan

TRAMI. Satellite image for Typhoon Jebi as of 06:30 UTC (2:30 pm Manila time) September 28, 2018. Image courtesy of NOAA

In Itogon, sister volunteers to dig beneath the soil to look for brother

Sep 18, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Benylyn Gumuwang still believes her brother Harvey will come home alive, even if officials or other miners say he is most likely gone

STILL LOOKING. Benylyn Gumuwang, 45, volunteers to look for her missing brother who is a miner in Itogon, Benguet. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Florence death toll jumps to 31 as flooding wreaks havoc

Sep 18, 2018 - 12:16 PM

'This is an epic storm that is still continuing. This is a monumental disaster for our state,' says North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

FLORENCE. A church is surrounded by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence on September 17, 2018, in Conway, South Carolina. Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

Perfect storms: hurricanes and typhoons

Sep 14, 2018 - 9:54 AM

Here are some facts about monster storms and what to expect as climate change supercharges our weather

Evacuations start as Typhoon Ompong bears down on Philippines

Sep 13, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Authorities say some 10 million people in the Philippines are in the storm's path

Red button image via Shutterstock. Satellite image for Ompong courtesy of NOAA

Hurricane Florence closes in on U.S. east coast

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:48 PM

(UPDATED) Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but the National Hurricane Center stresses it remains 'a life-threatening situation' due to the risks of storm surge around coastal areas

BOARDED UP. A sign is seen on a boarded up vacation rentals office near Wrightsville beach, North Carolina on September 12, 2018. Photo by Andrew Caballeron Reynolds/AFP

Residents told to 'get out now' as Florence takes aim at Carolinas

Sep 12, 2018 - 9:11 AM

(UPDATED) 'This is not a storm that people need to ride out. This is a storm that is historic, maybe once in a lifetime,' says North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

HURRICANE FLORENCE. A mandatory evacuation is in effect in preparation of the approaching Hurricane Florence, on September 11, 2018 in Topsail Beach, North Carolina. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

DSWD prepares P829 million in aid for Typhoon Mangkhut

Sep 11, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Some P872 million in standby funds are also available

Japan toll rises to 35 after powerful quake

Sep 07, 2018 - 10:36 AM

(4th UPDATE) Around 5 people are still unaccounted for in the small northern countryside town of Atsuma

AFTERMATH. This picture shows an aerial view of houses damaged by a landslide in Atsuma town, Hokkaido prefecture on September 6, 2018, after an earthquake hit the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Japan's Kansai airport to reopen partially on September 7

Sep 06, 2018 - 3:58 PM

The Kansai International Airport was battered by Typhoon Jebi, which made landfall Tuesday, September 4 as the strongest storm to hit Japan since 1993

STRANDED. Passengers stranded at the Kansai International Airport due to Typhoon Jebi wait for buses that will transport them from the airport in Izumisano city, Osaka prefecture on September 6, 2018. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Japan quake, landslides leave at least 8 dead

Sep 06, 2018 - 8:25 AM

(UPDATED) Around 3 million homes have lost power after the quake damaged a major thermal plant supplying the region

AFTERMATH. Police and rescue workers search for survivors from a house that was damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town in Hokkaido prefecture on September 6, 2018. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP