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Leyte town gets new rescue tools after Urduja, Vinta

Jan 20, 2018 - 4:04 PM

'We want to better equip the rescue volunteers of San Miguel in order to save lives,' Negros Occidental 3rd District Representative Alfred Benitez says

RESCUERS' TOOLS. Negros Occidental 3rd District Representative Alfred Benitez delivers 29 sets of head gear and flashlights on January 18, 2018, for the rescuers of San Miguel.

10 civic actions in 2017 that can move PH in 2018

Jan 08, 2018 - 5:40 PM

MovePH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm, hopes that the social impact of these efforts it initiated or supported in 2017 will fuel sustained action that will transform courage into action in 2018

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.

CBCP appeals for continued aid in aftermath of Vinta

Dec 31, 2017 - 9:12 AM

(UPDATED) 'We can be with the Lord by extending all we can – our help and assistance to these people,' says Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines president Romulo Valles

FLOODING. Police rescue residents along Kalambaguhan street in Cagayan de Oro City as Typhoon Vinta lashes at Northern Mindanao on December 22,2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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

DOE starts price freeze on basic energy goods in areas under state of calamity

Dec 26, 2017 - 6:01 PM

The price freeze holds for 15 days on household LPG and kerosene as areas in the Visayas and Mindanao deal with the aftermath of two pre-holiday storms

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

PH Red Cross staff, volunteers to spend Christmas with victims of Urduja, Vinta

Dec 24, 2017 - 4:08 PM

The Philippine Red Cross says its staff and volunteers will continue to work double time to provide humanitarian assistance to those affected by the two tropical storms

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

China donates P5.1 million for Urduja-hit areas

Dec 20, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Counsellor Sun Yi of the Chinese embassy in the Philippines turns over the humanitarian aid to the Philippine Red Cross

The Catmon Bridge in Biliran is impassable after it was destroyed when Typhoon Urduja ravaged some parts of Eastern and Western Visayas as it made its landfall on December 16, Saturday. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte then visited the hard-hit areas on December 18, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

NDRRMC urges public to prepare, stay alert as LPA enters PAR

Dec 20, 2017 - 4:54 PM

The low pressure area enters the country just two days after Urduja batters the eastern parts

​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

Groups provide relief aid to Urduja-hit Biliran

Dec 20, 2017 - 1:27 PM

The Philippine Red Cross and Caritas Philippines respond to the needs of those affected by Urduja in Biliran

Australian yachtsman dies, two rescued off Siargao

Dec 19, 2017 - 10:57 PM

A police report says North Queensland resident Anthony John Mahoney, 73, died in a hospital from dehydration shortly after their December 17 rescue by local fishermen

Duterte on CPP-NPA, Duterte visits Biliran, Facebook | Midday wRap

Dec 19, 2017 - 1:23 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

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.

Tropical depression Urduja, Duterte on rogue cops, Legarda on DSWD | Evening wRap

Dec 18, 2017 - 8:29 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

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.

LOOK: Not even storm Urduja can stop these newlyweds in Eastern Samar

Dec 18, 2017 - 5:00 PM

'As Urduja rages, they overflow with love,' wedding photographer Allen Beverly Anire says of the couple Mariel Anire and Charmaine Dulfo

Tropical depression Urduja, Duterte on LGBT, Trump on Mueller | Midday wRap

Dec 18, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Acor Arceo

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

#SchoolPatrolPH: DepEd seeks info on schools damaged by Urduja

Dec 17, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The public can send reports and photos via social media using #SchoolPatrolPH

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

19 injured in Urduja's onslaught – NDRRMC

Dec 17, 2017 - 4:01 PM

The injuries are sustained mostly from falling debris, vehicular accidents, and landslides

​Businesses close and trees topple as heavy winds and rainfall pound Tacloban City. Urduja is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar in the afternoon, Saturday, December 16. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Bayanihan in action: Stranded passengers help each other during Urduja

Dec 17, 2017 - 4:00 PM

On the road, a volunteer of Bike Scouts Philippines witness stories of bayanihan among passengers stranded due to Urduja

Bus Conductor Julito Gaviola cooking for his passengers. Photo by Winston Regarde

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'

DSWD: Over 220,000 affected due to Urduja

Dec 17, 2017 - 8:08 AM

(UPDATED) DSWD says it, together with local government units, has provided P718,995 worth of assistance to those affected by the typhoon

(With baby) Rochel Waniwan, 34, cradles her  3-month daughter as she spends her first storm in the Cogon evacuation center in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, as residents brace for Urduja’s landfall, Thursday night, December 14. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

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