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Mayon Volcano 'fireworks' draw tourists as residents flee

Jan 16, 2018 - 3:03 PM

About 30,000 people in and around Legazpi have fled their homes, the provincial government says

FIERY SPECTACLE. Lava from Mayon volcano is seen as it erupts in Legazpi on January 15, 2018. Charism Sayat/AFP

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Jan 16, 2018 - 2:25 PM

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Mayon Volcano spews debris, hot gases

Jan 15, 2018 - 11:25 AM

The volcano in Albay is under Alert Level 3, which means a 'hazardous eruption is possible within weeks or even days'

PYROCLASTIC FLOW. A view of the pyroclastic flow on the slopes of Mayon Volcano on January 15, 2018. Photo courtesy Phivolcs

Death toll from California mudslides rises to 19

Jan 14, 2018 - 2:34 PM

In addition to the dead and injured, 65 homes have been destroyed while another 462 sustained damage

SCENE OF DEVASTATION. A police officer escorts a resident through a neighborhood that was destroyed by a mudslide on January 12, 2018 in Montecito, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Dozens still unaccounted for in California mudslides

Jan 12, 2018 - 1:08 PM

'There are 43 people we're now looking into and investigating to see if they actually are missing,' says Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown

MASSIVE MUDSLIDES. Workers survey an area that was devastated by a mudslide on January 11, 2018 in Montecito, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

James Franco accused of sexual misconduct

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:39 PM

The New Times cancels a Time Talk scheduled with the actor following the allegations

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Actor James Franco attends IFP's 27th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on November 27, 2017 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IFP/AFP

Magnitude 7.6 earthquake strikes off Honduras coast – USGS

Jan 10, 2018 - 12:03 PM

A powerful and shallow 7.6-magnitude earthquake hits the waters off the coast of Hondura, triggering tsunami threats and advisories for nearby Caribbean shores

Map courtesy USGS

California mudslides demolish homes, 8 deaths reported

Jan 10, 2018 - 7:36 AM

Much of the affected area is land scorched by the massive Thomas fire last month, where there is no vegetation to soak up the excess water

MUDSLIDE ZONE. A firefighter (in yellow) instructs journalists to retreat to safer ground after a rain-driven mudslide destroyed two cars and damaged property in a neighborhood under mandatory evacuation in Burbank, California, January 9, 2018. Robyn Beck/AFP

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

Your Hollywood 2018 awards season binge-watch list

Jan 08, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Did you catch all the films and TV shows lauded at the Golden Globes 2018?

LADY BIRD. In an award-winning performance, Saoirse Ronan plays an opinionated small-town teen in Greta Gerwig's coming-of-age film. Screengrab from YouTube.com/A24Films

New ASEAN chief vows disaster relief boost after deadly storms

Jan 05, 2018 - 3:43 PM

'Our region is disaster-prone,' Lim Jock Hoi says at his inauguration ceremony at ASEAN's Secretariat in Jakarta. 'This underscores the need to strengthen ASEAN cooperation in disaster management and humanitarian assistance.'

LIM JOCK HOI. Lim Jock Hoi (R), the new Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), delivers his speech during a handover signing ceremony for his post in Jakarta on January 5, 2018. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/ AFP

Flooding hits Albay due to heavy rain

Jan 03, 2018 - 9:44 PM

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara orders evacuation of families living in areas vulnerable to landslides and flooding

NDRRMC still on red alert even after Agaton left PAR

Jan 03, 2018 - 8:58 PM

The agency's operation center will continue to monitor the tail-end of a cold front that is expected to bring moderate to heavy rain to Bicol, Quezon, and Northern Samar

IN PHOTOS: Flood greets Biliran residents on first day of 2018

Jan 02, 2018 - 7:36 AM

Biliran is still recovering from the devastation caused by Tropical Depression Urduja, which battered the region as a tropical storm a few days before Christmas

Photo by Rafael Medalla

Prepare for Agaton, first possible storm of 2018 – NDRRMC

Dec 31, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Here are some critical preparedness actions that local governments should be taking hours before the typhoon hits land

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

34 dead in Palawan's Mangsee Island due to Vinta – reports

Dec 31, 2017 - 12:14 AM

(UPDATED) A majority of the fatalities and the missing people are fishermen

UN ready to provide humanitarian assistance to Vinta-hit Mindanao

Dec 29, 2017 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) Nearly 140,000 Vinta victims are expected to welcome the new year homeless

RAPID ASSESSMENT. Humanitarian workers from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, conduct rapid assessments in Lanao del Sur towns that were hit by Severe Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin).  Photos by J. Pangalian/UNHCR

NDRRMC, other government agencies prepare for possible LPA before 2018

Dec 28, 2017 - 10:54 PM

If the said low pressure area will enter the Philippine area of responsibility before the year ends, it will be the 23rd tropical cyclone of 2017

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EU provides P34 million in humanitarian aid to Vinta victims

Dec 28, 2017 - 9:17 PM

'This EU contribution underlines our commitment to the people of the Philippines, many of whom have suffered great losses as a result of Tropical Storm Vinta and are in dire need of immediate assistance,' said EU's Christos Stylianides.

EVACUATION. Residents walk through floodwaters as they evacuate to a safer place in Kabacan, North Cotabato, on the southern island of Mindanao on December 23, 2017. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera / AFP

WATCH: What Duterte promised mayors in Vinta-hit Lanao del Norte

Dec 27, 2017 - 10:24 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte vows to fast-track rehabilitation in Vinta-hit areas, but are the funds for handling disasters in 2017 enough?

VINTA DAMAGE. Severe Tropical Storm Vinta damages bridges in Lanao del Norte province including this one that leads to a remote village in Munai town. Photo courtesy of Ninoy Castro/DSWD

Duterte 'from one sorrow to another' as 2017 comes to a close

Dec 27, 2017 - 8:30 PM

'Subukan lang ho namin to fast track everything. You can be very sure of that,' Duterte tells all those affected by tragedies and calamities

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte consoles the relatives of one of the victims who were trapped inside the NCCC Mall Davao upon hearing the news that their loved ones may have zero chance of survival as the fire inside the mall continues to rage as of dawn of December 24, 2017. KIWI BULACLAC/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Floods hit 4 towns in Camarines Sur

Dec 27, 2017 - 4:54 PM

Some rivers and spillways in Camarines Sur's first district overflowed due to heavy rainfall, causing a surge of water in low-lying areas

Landslide in CamSur causes traffic jams along major highway

Dec 27, 2017 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATED) Heavy rain across the Bicol Region prompts the regional Office of Civil Defense to warn citizens to be on guard for floods and landslides

HIGHWAY CLEARING. Clearing operations along the Andaya Highway in Camarines Sur after a landslide, December 27, 2017. Photo courtesy Lucy Castaneda / DPWH Bicol

China to help victims of Davao mall fire, Vinta in January 2018

Dec 27, 2017 - 3:30 PM

China joins Japan in committing to aid Davao City after two tragedies affected its residents just before Christmas

CHINA AID. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte announces the Chinese government will help residents recover from two tragedies that affected her city. File photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Davao City gov’t gives P83.4 million assistance to Vinta victims

Dec 27, 2017 - 3:08 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte says they plan to distribute a second batch of food packs on December 30 to 31 in anticipation of New Year's Eve

DAVAO FLOODING. Homes in a barangay in Davao City are submerged in flood waters on Friday night, December 22, 2017. Photo by Mick Basa

Vinta death toll in Lanao del Norte mountain village rises to 29

Dec 25, 2017 - 10:20 PM

The village chief says he instructed residents to evacuate but they didn't listen. There are 16 other residents still missing.

VINTA. Vinta brings heavy rain in Tubod, Lanao del Norte on Friday, December 22. Photo taken from Tubod Police Facebook page

Vinta death toll climbs to 240, scores missing

Dec 25, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Rescuers are still looking for 107 people. Many are feared killed by mudslides and flash floods that buried or swept away hundreds of houses last weekend.

FLOODS. Tropical Storm Vinta wreaks havoc days before Christmas. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Pope Francis pleads for migrants at Christmas Mass

Dec 25, 2017 - 9:29 AM

In the Philippines, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urges Filipinos to remember people suffering from calamities, including typhoon victims

CHRISTMAS EVE. Pope Francis kisses a figurine of the Baby Jesus during a Christmas Eve Mass on December 24, 2017, at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope Francis prays for Vinta's victims in Mindanao

Dec 24, 2017 - 8:35 PM

'I wish to assure my prayers for the population of Mindanao in the Philippines,' Pope Francis says on Christmas Eve

PRAYING FOR MINDANAO. Pope Francis in his remarks after the Angelus on December 24, 2017, assures Mindanao of his prayers after Typhoon Vinta (Tembin) killed at least 200 people and forced 70,000 others out of their homes. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

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

PH's lessons from disasters: #ZeroCasualty possible through social action

Dec 23, 2017 - 9:04 PM

This speech, delivered in November at the 2017 World Bosai Forum in Japan, is made timely by the rising death toll from Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin)

WORLD BOSAI FORUM. MovePH editor Voltaire Tupaz delivers a speech at the World Bosai Forum/International Disaster and Risk Conference held in Sendai, Japan from November 25 to 28, 2017. Photo courtesy of Kahoku Shimpo Publishing Co.

IN PHOTOS: Close to Christmas, several provinces still flooded due to Vinta

Dec 23, 2017 - 8:17 PM

In its wake, the tropical storm inundates several villages, 'wipes out' communities, and displaces thousands of Filipinos a few days before Christmas

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

Marawi City, Lanao del Sur under state of calamity due to Vinta

Dec 23, 2017 - 12:27 PM

This will expedite the humanitarian efforts being undertaken by the local government to respond effectively to the crisis that Vinta has created

SUBMERGED. Several houses in Bubong, Lanao del Sur are under floodwaters due to Vinta. Photo provided by ARMM Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong

Death toll from Tropical Storm Vinta breaches 200

Dec 23, 2017 - 11:49 AM

(5th UPDATE) Northern Mindanao police say 135 people have died in the region alone. Around 50 others in the Zamboanga Peninsula and 18 in Lanao del Sur are also reported dead.

VINTA'S WRATH. Residents wade through a flooded street in Cagayan City on December 22, 2017, after the Cagayan River swelled caused by heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin). Photo by Joseph Deveza/AFP

Over 31,000 affected by flooding in Davao City

Dec 23, 2017 - 1:15 AM

The City Information Office urges donors to either drop their donations at the City Hall or directly give them to victims in coordination with evacuation center managers to ensure orderly distribution of relief goods

DAVAO FLOODING. Homes in a barangay in  Davao City are submerged in flood waters on Friday night, December 22, 2017. Photo by Mick Basa

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

LOOK: Residents evacuate due to heavy flooding in Cagayan de Oro

Dec 22, 2017 - 12:44 PM

Located near the coastline and the Cugman river, the flooded area has been identified as an area highly susceptible to flooding even before Vinta's landfall

HEAVY FLOODING. Residents evacuate as flooding reach above waist-level in Cugman, Cagayan de Oro. Photo by Maricel Eduave Tawacal

#ReliefPH: Help victims of Vinta

Dec 22, 2017 - 12:37 PM

(UPDATED) People affected by Tropical Storm Vinta need your help and support. This page shows how you can help.

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

Bohol braces for 'Vinta'

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:29 AM

'We have made all the necessary preparations to minimize the impact of typhoon Vinta to lives and properties'

Yellow alert raised in Cagayan de Oro: Possible flooding in low-lying areas

Dec 21, 2017 - 9:43 PM

When Pagasa gives yellow advisory, it means that residents in affected areas should continue monitoring their weather condition. Flooding for low-lying areas is possible.

NDRRMC, local government units prepare ahead of Vinta landfall

Dec 21, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Rescue equipment and relief goods are prepositioned in preparation for Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin)

What are the hazard-prone areas along Vinta’s path?

Dec 21, 2017 - 5:25 PM

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau identifies 5 areas located near the forecasted track of Tropical Storm Vinta that are prone to landslides and heavy flooding

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

Returning winds churn up heightened alert in fire-hit California

Dec 20, 2017 - 5:18 PM

The National Weather Service issues a red alert for 'gusty winds and low relative humidity' in the affected area of Santa Barbara County

LIST: Hotlines, social media accounts during emergencies

Dec 19, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Bookmark this page for a handy list of emergency hotlines you can call or text, plus Facebook and Twitter accounts to contact

NDRRMC to public: Monitor weather updates this Christmas

Dec 19, 2017 - 10:40 AM

The reminder comes as PAGASA monitors a low pressure area which could enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this week