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DSWD thanks #ReliefPH volunteers

Dec 31, 2017 - 12:22 PM

More volunteers are needed. 'Your time is the most precious gift you have given those in need this holiday season', says DSWD OIC Emmanuel Leyco.

Urduja, Vinta caused P1.24B in agricultural damage

Dec 29, 2017 - 8:58 AM

Agriculture officials note that rice has the largest share of losses at P609.29 million, affecting some 31,749 farmers

VINTA. Sibuco in Zamboanga del Norte was among the most affected towns by Typhoon Vinta. Photo from the Western Mindanao Command

Vinta toll tops 200, tens of thousands displaced

Dec 24, 2017 - 1:58 PM

(UPDATED) Police say 144 people remain missing while more than 40,000 have fled to evacuation camps due to the tropical storm

VINTA. Residents wade through water in Kalambaguhan street in Cagayan de Oro City as Typhoon Vinta lashes Northern Mindanao on Friday, December 22. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

The week in photos: December 16-22, 2017

Dec 23, 2017 - 3:57 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A girl waits for her present next to a man dressed as Santa Claus during a Christmas ceremony at the Palace of the National Military Club in Bucharest on December 21, 2017. Children of the Romanian Army army personnel, who were injured or died on duty, attended a children's show and received Christmas presents. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel MIHAILESCU

Agriculture damage from Urduja reaches P1 billion

Dec 23, 2017 - 3:51 PM

According to agriculture officials, the affected commodities are rice, corn, high value crops, livestock or poultry, and agri-fishery facilities

URDUJA. Damage and losses to the agriculture sector due to Tropical Storm Urduja has reached P1 billion, according to the agriculture department. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

8 dead, several missing as storm hits southern Philippines

Dec 22, 2017 - 5:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'We forced hundreds of people to evacuate some villages, but the water rose swiftly and our rescuers cannot reach other areas,' says a civil defense officer from Lanao del Sur

FLOODING. Several low-lying areas along the track of Vinta have been submerged in floodwaters. Photo provided by ARMM Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong

Caritas brings spirit of Christmas to Urduja-hit Biliran

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:36 AM

Caritas Palo, the humanitarian arm of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Palo, distributes relief goods in remote Biliran towns

NEEDS ASSESSMENT. Caritas Palo conducts needs assessment in Naval town in Biliran province, which was heavily damaged by Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) on December 16, 2017. Photo courtesy of Caritas Palo

Tropical Depression Urduja leaves PAR; low pressure area to enter

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:35 AM

The low pressure area east of Mindanao could enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday, December 20

Rain in Palawan to ease as Tropical Depression Urduja moves away

Dec 18, 2017 - 11:59 PM

Urduja (Kai-tak) continues to cross the West Philippine Sea on its way out

Globe sets up free call stations in Urduja-hit areas

Dec 18, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Free Wi-Fi services are also available in Tacloban City, says the telco

A volunteer watches over houses of his neighbors in coastal barangay 54-A Magallanes in Tacloban City. Heavy winds and rainfall pound the region as Urduja is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar in the afternoon, Saturday, December 16.

DSWD, LGUs provide P2.09-M aid for Urduja victims

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:36 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Social Welfare and Development has provided assistance to affected families in Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, and Eastern Visayas

DOUBLE TIME. Volunteers pack relief rations at the DSWD warehouse in Pasay City on December 18, intended for victims of the on-slaught of Tropical Depression Urduja. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte vows speedy aid for Biliran, Urduja-affected areas

Dec 18, 2017 - 6:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte orders the Department of Public Works and Highways to finish repairing two damaged bridges in Biliran in less than 30 days

Tropical Depression Urduja now over West PH Sea

Dec 18, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Palawan remains under signal no. 1 but Urduja (Kai-tak) is already moving away from the country

DOE targets restoring power in Biliran before Christmas

Dec 18, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Some 365,000 food packs are also on standby for those affected by Tropical Depression Urduja

Most business establishments in Tacloban City are forced to close as Tropical Storm Urduja left the city without electricity, Saturday, December 16. Urduja made landfall in Eastern Samar earlier in the afternoon, it is expected to exit the region by noon December 17.

31 dead, 49 missing due to Urduja

Dec 18, 2017 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says most of the fatalities and the missing persons are from Biliran

Some residents stand guard with their houses in coastal barangay 54-A Magallanes in Tacloban City. Heavy winds and rainfall pound the region as Urduja is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar in the afternoon, Saturday, December 16.

Duterte to visit Urduja-affected Biliran

Dec 18, 2017 - 12:40 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and some Cabinet members are expected to visit Biliran where 26 died in landslides triggered by heavy rain

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 84th Anniversary Celebration at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in Malolos City on December 8, 2017, gives his assurance that he and his administration will strive hard to give a comfortable life for the Filipinos. Malacañan Photo

Urduja weakens; tail-end of a cold front brings rain

Dec 18, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Calabarzon, Bicol, Aurora, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, and Romblon are affected by the tail-end of a cold front

Tropical Depression Urduja makes landfall for 6th time

Dec 18, 2017 - 8:20 AM

Meanwhile, another tropical depression which is outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility has weakened into a low pressure area, says PAGASA

Only Palawan under signal no. 1 ahead of Urduja's 6th landfall

Dec 18, 2017 - 6:10 AM

Aside from Tropical Depression Urduja (Kai-tak), the tail-end of a cold front and the northeast monsoon are also bringing rain on Monday, December 18

Satellite image as of December 18, 5 am. Image courtesy of NOAA

Tropical Depression Urduja heads for Cuyo Island in Palawan

Dec 17, 2017 - 11:25 PM

Only 3 areas remain under signal no. 1 – Palawan, Aklan, and northern Antique

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Monday, December 18

Dec 17, 2017 - 10:45 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of areas and schools where classes have been suspended for Monday, December 18

Tropical Depression Urduja makes 4th landfall in Aklan

Dec 17, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Only southern Occidental Mindoro, southern Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Palawan, Aklan, and northern Antique remain under signal no. 1

26 dead in Biliran landslides after Urduja

Dec 17, 2017 - 6:21 PM

(UPDATED) Sofronio Dacillo, provincial disaster risk reduction and management officer, says the deaths occurred in 4 towns in Biliran at the weekend

Tropical Depression Urduja changes course toward Aklan

Dec 17, 2017 - 6:01 PM

After making landfall in Eastern Samar, Masbate, and Sibuyan Island, there could be two more landfalls for Urduja (Kai-tak) in Aklan and Palawan

Fewer areas under signal no. 1 as Urduja moves near Romblon

Dec 17, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Tropical Depression Urduja (Kai-tak) is now in the region of Mimaropa after earlier hitting Eastern Visayas

Stranded passengers due to Urduja now over 16,000

Dec 17, 2017 - 12:22 PM

At least 118 vessels, 1,711 rolling cargoes, and 37 motor bancas are also stranded

STRANDED. Thousands of passengers are stranded due to typhoon Urduja. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

Tropical Depression Urduja weakens again over Masbate

Dec 17, 2017 - 11:40 AM

Urduja (Kai-tak) is in the vicinity of Mobo, Masbate as of late Sunday morning, December 17. Its maximum winds are down to 55 km/h.

Urduja weakens into tropical depression

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:00 AM

But PAGASA forecaster Aldczar Aurelio warns: 'Kahit humina 'yung bagyo, 'yung pag-ulan nandiyan pa rin....Andiyan 'yung banta ng pagbaha dahil alam po natin saturated na 'yung lupa sa Visayas'

Slow-moving Tropical Storm Urduja still over Samar

Dec 17, 2017 - 7:30 AM

Urduja (Kai-tak) is in the vicinity of Calbayog, Samar early Sunday, December 17, moving west at 13 kilometers per hour

LOOK: Passengers stranded in Tacloban transport terminal

Dec 17, 2017 - 1:08 AM

(UPDATED) Some 60 passengers headed to different parts of Eastern Visayas are waiting for the next available transit without any guarantees

WATCH: Woman keeps her dogs safe during Urduja

Dec 17, 2017 - 12:40 AM

Janet Romulon, an evacuee in Tacloban City, protects her 3 dogs in the middle of Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak)

Janet Romulon checks on one of her 3 dogs in their small home in a coastal village in Tacloban City as strong winds and heavy rainfall brought by Tropical Storm Urduja pummels Eastern Visayas on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Tropical Storm Urduja slightly weakens again over Samar

Dec 16, 2017 - 11:59 PM

But several areas remain under signal no. 2 due to Urduja (Kai-tak)

Tropical Storm Urduja slightly weakens after landfall

Dec 16, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Urduja (Kai-tak) is crossing San Jose de Buan, Samar as of late Saturday afternoon, December 16

Tropical Storm Urduja makes landfall in Eastern Samar

Dec 16, 2017 - 3:08 PM

Urduja (Kai-tak) is already in the vicinity of San Policarpo, Eastern Samar as of early Saturday afternoon, December 16

LOOK: Urduja pummels Tacloban City

Dec 16, 2017 - 1:26 PM

MovePH team goes around Tacloban City ahead of Tropical Storm Urduja's landfall

PUMMELED. Heavy winds and rainfall pound Tacloban City as Urduja is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar in the afternoon, Saturday, December 16. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Urduja slightly speeds up as it threatens Samar-Sorsogon

Dec 16, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar or Northern Samar on Saturday afternoon, December 16

LOOK: Houses in Eastern Samar town flooded due to Urduja

Dec 16, 2017 - 11:42 AM

Councilor Rhoda Baris says at least 1,800 families have been affected by heavy rain due to slow-moving Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak)

8 areas under signal no. 2 as Urduja moves closer to land

Dec 16, 2017 - 8:40 AM

Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) is still moving slowly, but it is now 125 kilometers east northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar

Eastern Visayas sees more heavy rain as Urduja lingers

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:59 PM

Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) is still unable to move away from the region due to its interaction with the northeast monsoon and the tail-end of a cold front

Tacloban City under state of calamity due to Urduja

Dec 15, 2017 - 8:38 PM

'This is the only major storm that hit the city this year,' Tacloban City Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin says

FLOODING IN TACLOBAN. Heavy rain brought by Tropical Storm Urduja floods a road leading to downtown Tacloban City on December 15, 2017. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz/Rappler

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Saturday, December 16

Dec 15, 2017 - 8:18 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of areas and schools where classes have been suspended for Saturday, December 16

Urduja dumps nearly 2 months' worth of rain in Guiuan in 1 day

Dec 15, 2017 - 6:55 PM

In just a 24-hour period, Guiuan in Eastern Samar gets 780 mm of rain. Its normal rainfall for an entire month is just 440 mm.

DSWD activates national disaster response operation for Urduja

Dec 15, 2017 - 6:19 PM

According to DSWD officer-in-charge Emmanuel Leyco, the response cluster will provide emergency response and humanitarian assistance to affected areas

EVACUEES. Children play in an evacuation center in Eastern Samar, where Tropical Storm Urduja is expected to make land fall on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

LOOK: Bicol braces for Urduja

Dec 15, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Close to 5,000 passengers are stranded in various seaports in Bicol region

PREPARATIONS. Fishermen bring their boat to safety in preparation for Tropical Storm Urduja. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Eastern Visayas still 'in danger' due to Urduja

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Slow-moving Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) continues to linger in the region, dumping moderate to heavy rain there

Tropical Storm Urduja slightly intensifies off Samar

Dec 15, 2017 - 6:40 AM

Urduja (Kai-tak) now has maximum winds of 75 km/h and gustiness of up to 90 km/h. Signal no. 2 remains raised in Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Samar, and Biliran.

IN PHOTOS: 280 families in Guiuan evacuate ahead of Urduja landfall

Dec 15, 2017 - 12:53 AM

'Food in evacuation centers are ready. Keep praying, and we’re hoping for zero casualty', says Guiuan Mayor Christopher Sheen Gonzales as his town braces for the arrival of the storm

 Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Slow-moving Urduja brings heavy rain to Eastern Visayas

Dec 14, 2017 - 11:59 PM

PAGASA says Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) is now expected to hit land between Friday evening, December 15 and Saturday morning, December 16

Urduja brings landslides, floods to Eastern Samar

Dec 14, 2017 - 10:15 PM

(UPDATED) Roads are temporarily impassable in at least 3 towns in Eastern Samar

BLOCKED. Some roads in Barangay Paya, Giporlos town, Eastern Samar, are temporarily impassable due to landslide brought about by Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Photo courtesy of DPWH Eastern Visayas office

Tropical Storm Urduja barely moving off Eastern Visayas

Dec 14, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Urduja (Kai-tak) is almost stationary as it dumps moderate to heavy rain on the region