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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)

With new building, UP Resilience Institute hopes to take lead in disaster preparedness

Sep 26, 2019 - 7:10 PM

UPRI Executive Director Mahar Lagmay says the new building will be 'a headquarters for knowledge systems on resilience to serve the entire country'

GROUNDBREAKING. University of the Philippines President Danilo Concepcion, along with Public Works Secretary Mark Villar and other officials, join the groundbreaking ceremony of the UP Resilience Institute building on Wednesday, September 25. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

Japan's new environment minister wants to scrap nuclear power

Sep 12, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The comments from Shinjiro Koizumi, a rising political star and son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, are his first on the controversial issue since he was named in a cabinet reshuffle

DANGEROUS. A staff member of the Tokyo Electric Power Company measures radiation levels between reactor unit 2 and unit 3 (Rear) at the tsunami-crippled Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. Photo by Kimmasa Mayama/Pool/AFP

P32 billion used for disaster risk reduction, management in 2018 – COA

Sep 08, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The Commission on Audit report also highlights several projects in line with mitigating risks in the face of disasters in the Philippines

Workers clear debris from a landslide and fallen posts in Barangay Poksukan, Mines View in Baguio City, brought about by the heavy rains and winds that Typhoon Ompong. Baguio still has no electricity in major parts of the city. September 16, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

SM’s Hans Sy on disaster resilience: ‘Private sector should invest in cities’

Sep 04, 2019 - 5:51 PM

SM and private sector partners ‘adopt’ disaster-prone cities, Naga and Iloilo, for national resilience campaign

IN PHOTOS: Ormoc City kicks off 3rd nationwide earthquake drill for 2019

Aug 08, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The 3rd quarter NSED in Ormoc City simulates the impact of a magnitude 7.2 earthquake

PREPARED. The Abuyog Community College in Leyte participates in the 3rd quarter nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill headed by the Abuyog MDRRMO at the ACC ground on Thursday, August 8. Photo by Jessica Alvero/ Rappler

MMDA chair says #MMShakeDrill 2019 shows 'effective' response to disaster

Jul 27, 2019 - 1:27 PM

'I'm confident that with this kind of equipment, training and people, we would be very able to respond effectively,' says MMDA chief Danilo Lim

MMDA Chairman Danny Lim leads the 5th Metro Manila Shake Drill held at MMDA Headquarter in Guadalupe on 27 July 2019. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: MMDA conducts 2019 #MMShakeDrill in the dark

Jul 27, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Earthquake drill participants deal with the challenge of simulating rescue and response in the dark and at a time when most people are still asleep

Rescue personnel respond and apply first aid to mock victims at the various scenario in case "the Big One" strikes Metro Manila during the 5th Metro Manila Shake Drill in Pasig City on Saturday, July 27. Photo by Ben Nabong

Duterte again pushes for disaster resilience dep't, 'warns' of Batasan quake

Jul 22, 2019 - 11:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte jokes about a psychic's prediction that a big earthquake will devastate Batasang Pambansa and wipe out all the country's top officials

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he deliver his speech during the State of the Nation Address at House of Representatives in Quezon City on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Cebu dengue death toll highest in the Visayas

Jul 19, 2019 - 8:27 AM

Although the number of deaths is mainly attributed to Cebu being the most populated island, Cebu City Councilor David Tumalak calls on local officials to be prepared

Phivolcs unveils app that maps out hazards in the Philippines

Jul 16, 2019 - 8:21 PM

HazardHunterPH gives a summary of hazards in the user's chosen location, along with an explanation and recommendation to help people better understand the findings

DEMO. People check out a demonstration of HazardHunterPH in its launch on Tuesday, July 16. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

#MMShakeDrill 2019 set for early hours of July 27

Jul 12, 2019 - 6:16 PM

The annual earthquake drill will start as early as 4 am 'when most Metro Manila residents are at home and asleep' to test the response capabilities and preparedness of local government units and the private sector

COVER. Quezon City Hall employees join the 4th Nationwide "Shake Drill" on Thursday, July 19, 2018, during National Disaster Resilience Month. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Heavy rain prompts evacuation orders for 1.1 million in Japan

Jul 03, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Japanese authorities are urging people to take shelter early after disastrous heavy rains last summer in the west of the country that killed more than 200 people

EVACUATIONS. Residents take shelter in an evacuation centre in Kagoshima on July 3, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Richard Gomez to focus on infrastructure dev't, disaster management during 2nd term

Jul 01, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Among the Ormoc City mayor's priorities are solving traffic congestion, increasing the city's resiliency to calamities, and banning single use plastics by 2021

OATHTAKING. Richard Gomez takes his oath of office for his second term as mayor of Ormoc City, Leyte. Photo from Ormoc City government's Facebook page

Japan issues tsunami advisory following magnitude 6.4 earthquake

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:57 PM

(UPDATED) A wave of one meter (3 feet) is expected to hit the coast of the Sea of Japan, north of Tokyo, the nation's meteorological agency says

COA rejects reimbursement of P5-M meals, snacks in Puerto Princesa

Jun 16, 2019 - 5:30 PM

State auditors also question the lack of public bidding for the meals and snacks

5 dead, dozens missing in Uganda landslides – Red Cross

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:06 PM

Around 50 people are believed missing and 150 houses destroyed after the landslides in the foothills of Mount Elgon – an extinct volcano with 5 major peaks

MOUNT ELGON. This file photo shows Uganda's nature with the Mount Elgon national park in the background. Image via Shutterstock

10 million people displaced internally by conflict in 2018

May 11, 2019 - 12:01 PM

'It is really a mind-boggling figure,' NRC chief Jan Egeland tells reporters. 'It takes extreme violence and fear of disasters to force a family out of their home, their land, their property, their community.'

Somali internally displaced people (IDPs) wait in a line for food distribution in Mogadishu on May 22, 2018. File photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP

Research group urges more accessible earthquake information to Filipinos

May 03, 2019 - 3:21 PM

A survey from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative shows that Filipinos, especially the less educated ones, are hardly prepared for an earthquake

Aid agencies rush to bring aid to Mozambique cyclone survivors

Apr 30, 2019 - 11:20 PM

'The priority is getting aid to Ibo because it hasn’t been reached yet,' says Deborah Nguyen, spokeswoman for World Food Programme

HELP. Aid is unloaded off a truck and taken to a waiting World Food Programme helicopter to be deliver to Ibo Island and Quissanga in northern Mozambique on April 30 , 2019. Photo by Emidio Josine/AFP

Should people who refuse to evacuate be arrested? Dela Rosa, Tañada face off

Apr 27, 2019 - 6:56 PM

The two are responding to a question on how the country can further reduce risk and improve response to natural disasters

Death toll from Luzon earthquake rises to 16

Apr 23, 2019 - 4:55 PM

At least 81 people are also injured, while 14 are missing, as of Tuesday, April 23

Speaker and Pampanga 2nd District Rep Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on April 22, 2019 visits the collapsed Chuzon Supermarket in Porac due to the earthquake. Photo from Arroyo's office.

Advocates call for women empowerment in disaster response

Apr 14, 2019 - 9:10 PM

In the 1st National Womenitarian Summit, advocates emphasize how communities thrive when women are empowered to actively participate in decision-making

EMPOWERED. Women-led organizations and human rights actors together with Senator Risa Hontiveros (7-R) call for empowerment of women leadership during disasters in the 1st National Womenitarian Summit in Diliman, Quezon City, on April 11, 2019. Photo by Isabel Lupac/Rappler

Cyclone Idai damages estimated at $2 billion: World Bank

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:02 AM

"To date, about three million people have been affected, with near total damage in the worst affected areas," says the World Bank

AFTERMATH. Fernando Joao Sengelani helps to clean his friend's shop in Buzi, Mozambique, on March 23, 2019, after the area was hit by the Cyclone Idai. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

Seoul declares national disaster as winds fan giant forest fire

Apr 05, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Fanned by strong winds it quickly spread through the mountainous area, incinerating 400 homes and 500 hectares of land, says the government

Firefighters try to put out a fire from smouldering debris after a forest fire hit the area in Donghae on April 5, 2019. - A giant forest fire swept across swathes of South Korea on April 5, as authorities declared a rare national emergency, deploying 900 fire engines and tens of thousands of personnel to bring it under control. (Photo by YONHAP / YONHAP / AFP) / - South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT NO ARCHIVES RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USE

Owners of Mosul ferry arrested after deadly disaster

Mar 31, 2019 - 7:36 PM

The tragedy comes after authorities had warned that water levels were dangerously high and sparked anger among Iraqis who blamed official corruption and neglect

Mozambique steps up war against cyclone-induced cholera

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:42 PM

A World Health Organization official says 9 cholera treatment centers are being set up around the central Sofala province, which bore the brunt of the cyclone

AFTERMATH. An aerial view shows fields flooded by the cyclone Idai along the Buzi River in the Buzi region, Mozambique, on March 26, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Groups combine weather forecast, digital finance to save lives

Mar 28, 2019 - 10:08 AM

PRESS RELEASE: 'B-Ready' paves the way for the immediate and safe delivery of cash to households prior to a disaster

Representatives from Oxfam in the Philippines, People’s Disaster Risk Reduction Network, PLAN International, and the Local Government of Salcedo Municipality sign the memorandum of agreement for the two-year project called "B-Ready." Photo courtesy by April Bulanadi

Cyclone-ravaged Mozambique reports 5 cholera cases

Mar 27, 2019 - 6:13 PM

UN humanitarian aid chief Mark Lowcock has appealed for $282 million of relief aid over the next 3 months for Mozambique

HELP NEEDED. Women wait in a line to receive relief supplies from South Africa's disaster relief organization Gift of the Givers after the area has been isolated by the Cyclone Idai in Estaquinha, about 80km west from Beira, Mozambique, on March 26, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Mozambique cyclone survivors face 'ticking bomb' of disease

Mar 26, 2019 - 10:29 AM

As logistical conditions improve and roads to affected communities are reconnected, the full scale of the humanitarian crisis is revealed for the first time since disaster hit on March 15

LOOTING IN MOZAMBIQUE. People take part in the looting sacks of Chinese rice printed "China Aid" from a warehouse which is surrounded by water after cyclone hit in Beira, Mozambique, on March 20, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Iraq parliament sacks governor over deadly ferry capsize

Mar 24, 2019 - 9:40 PM

Niveneh provincial governor Nawfel Akoub's 'negligence and concrete failings' merit his dismissal, Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mehdi says

Mozambique cyclone death toll climbs to 417 – government

Mar 23, 2019 - 6:51 PM

'We are living an unprecedented natural disaster,' Lands and Environment Minister Celso Correia says

Iraqi PM asks parliament to fire governor over deadly ferry capsize

Mar 23, 2019 - 6:01 PM

In a letter to the speaker of parliament, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi says there was clear evidence of 'negligence and concrete failings' that merited a vote on dismissing governor Nawfel Akoub

Kennon Road temporarily reopened for test run this weekend

Mar 17, 2019 - 8:56 AM

The simulation aims to check if it is viable to permanently open Kennon Road to two-way vehicular traffic on weekends

TEMPORARY REOPENING. Kennon Road is temporarily reopened this weekend until 6 am on Monday, March 18, 2019, for a test run. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

We need laws on quick rehabilitation from disasters – Bam Aquino

Mar 04, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The senatorial candidate says Congress should now focus on laws that help communities get back on their feet after calamities

Dozens buried in Indonesia gold mine collapse

Feb 27, 2019 - 2:56 PM

(UPDATED) Four people have been found dead while 19 others are pulled from the rubble alive with minor and serious injuries, according to officials

DISASTER. This handout picture from Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, taken and released on February 27, 2019 shows rescuers carrying a survivor from an illegal gold mine collapse in the Bolaang Mongondow region of North Sulawesi.  Handout/Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana BNBP/AFP

Why households, enterprises need micro-insurance

Feb 25, 2019 - 5:45 PM

The government and the private sector are hitting two birds in one stone in the promotion of micro-insurance: disaster-preparedness and financial inclusion

Students take part in a march for the environment and the climate organised by students, in Brussels, on February 21, 2019. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Ecuador

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:06 PM

The US Geological Survey says the quake struck before dawn in Ecuador's eastern Amazon region 17 kilometers from the town of Montalvo near the border with Peru

IN PHOTOS: Iloilo City leads first nationwide earthquake drill for 2019

Feb 21, 2019 - 9:47 PM

Around 5,000 to 8,000 people in Iloilo participate in shake drills in their area

DUCK. Local army and police officials duck, cover and hold during a simulation at the Iloilo City Dinagyang Grandstand on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Photo by Rhick Albay/Rappler

NDRRMC to hold 1st nationwide earthquake drill for 2019

Feb 20, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The 1st Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill for 2019 is set for Thursday, February 21, at 2 pm

PREPARED. Kindergarden school children from the San Vicente Elementary School in UP Diliman in Quezon City participate in the school's regular earthquake drill aimed at keeping the kids ready and disaster prepared on February 6, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Despite experience with typhoons, most Filipinos 'not prepared for disasters'

Feb 10, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Lack of money is the main barrier preventing people from preparing for disasters, according to a study by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler and Jansen Romero/Rappler

Death toll in Brazil dam disaster rises to 134

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:17 AM

A fire services spokesman says it is possible that not all the bodies will be located and recovered

DAM COLLAPSE. A rescuer searches for victims of Friday's dam collapse near the town of Brumadinho, state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil, on January 28, 2019. Photo by Douglas Magno/AFP

Toll in Brazil dam disaster rises to 121 dead, 226 missing

Feb 03, 2019 - 10:05 AM

All those listed as missing are presumed dead, with no survivors being found over the past week

Magnitude 6.5 quake shakes Guatemala, Mexico

Feb 02, 2019 - 9:35 AM

This earthquake follows the September 2017 earthquake in Mexico that killed 465 people

Brazil dam collapse toll rises to 84, mining firm's output to be hit

Jan 30, 2019 - 6:12 PM

No survivors have been found in the disaster site since Saturday, only bodies

Friends and relatives of Edmayra Samara, 28, one of the victims of the recent dam collapse, carry her coffin during the funeral at the municipal cemetery in the city of Brumadinho, state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil, on January 29, 2019. - Five engineers, including two working for a German company, were arrested in Brazil Tuesday as part of a probe into a deadly dam collapse last week that left at least 65 dead and 300 missing, at a mine in the country's southeast, officials said. (Photo by Mauro Pimentel / AFP)

3 dead, 172 injured in Havana tornado

Jan 28, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel says several emergency teams are working hard to restore power to blacked-out areas

AFTERMATH. A damaged car flattened by debris from a building is seen in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019. Photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP