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Study shows how politics affects local disaster management

Jun 25, 2018 - 8:14 AM

Dr Maja-Leah V. Ravago says that based on their study, local officials tend to invest in short term disaster risk management measures that can be credited to their administration

POLICE rescues residents along Kalambaguhan street in Cagayan de Oro City as Typhoon Vinta lashes Northern Mindanao on Friday, December 22,2017. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

IN PHOTOS: NDRRMC, LGUs hold 2nd nationwide earthquake drill

Jun 21, 2018 - 7:29 PM

Local drills are conducted nationwide through the Regional DRRM Councils

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Police detain captain, crew in deadly Indonesia ferry disaster

Jun 21, 2018 - 2:30 PM

(UPDATED) Official estimates list 193 people missing as of Thursday morning, June 21, raising fears that the incident could become one of Indonesia's deadliest ferry disasters

STILL MISSING. Rescue team members prepare to search for missing passengers at the Lake Toba ferry port in the province of North Sumatra on June 20, 2018, after a boat capsized on June 18. Photo by Ivan Damanik/AFP

Flood damage would double without coral reefs – study

Jun 13, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Coupled with projected sea level rise driven by global warming, reef decline could see flooding increase 4-fold by century's end, researchers report in the journal Nature Communications

CORAL REEFS. Fish swim in the coral reef of Bunaken Island national marine park in northern Sulawesi on May 14, 2009. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

COA: Ormoc failed to distribute P7.8M in relief goods

Jun 10, 2018 - 10:42 AM

The Commission on Audit flags Ormoc City's allegedly wasted purchase and auditing of relief goods, and the lack of storage facilities in which to store these, among other things

CATASTROPHE. A resident is shocked after the 6.5 magnitude earthquake damaged his house in Cabaonan, Ormoc City on July 6, 2017. File photo by Gelo Litonjua

Flood-prone Dumaguete braces for storms with a map

Jun 07, 2018 - 3:16 PM

Dumaguete's disaster management office is geotagging the city in case of crippling disasters

At least 99 dead as Guatemala volcano threatens new eruptions

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Only 28 of the 99 people killed as a result of the eruption have been identified so far

RESCUE. Volunteer firefighters search for victims of Sunday's Fuego Volcano eruption in Alotenango, a municipality in Sacatepequez Department, southwest of Guatemala City on June 6, 2018. Photo by Orlando Estrada/AFP

Nearly 200 missing, 75 dead from Guatemala volcano

Jun 06, 2018 - 9:45 AM

(UPDATED) The search for bodies in mountain villages destroyed by the eruption is progressing slowly

NEW ACTIVITY. People gather at the Municipal stadium in Escuintla, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 5, 2018 after the Fuego Volcano showed new activity. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Toll rises in Guatemala volcano as more bodies recovered

Jun 05, 2018 - 10:36 AM

(UPDATED) The speed and ferocity of the eruption take mountain communities by surprise, with many of the dead found in or around their homes

DEATH TOLL RISES. Residents carry the coffins of seven people who died following the eruption of the Fuego volcano, along the streets of Alotenango municipality, Sacatepequez, about 65 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 4, 2018. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Guatemala volcano eruption kills 25

Jun 04, 2018 - 12:25 PM

(UPDATED) David de Leon of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction says search and rescue operations for the missing and dead have been suspended due to low light and dangerous conditions, and will resume early on Monday morning

FUEGO VOLCANO ERUPTS. People flee El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City, after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano on June 3, 2018. Photo by Noe Perez/AFP

LIVE: Senate hearing on post-disaster resettlement programs

May 30, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Watch the hearing live on Wednesday, May 30

COA flags Davao City’s unutilized funds for livelihood, disaster risk reduction

May 23, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Of the P5.4-million fund allotted to the PAMANA livelihood projects, only P119,000 was spent for expenses like catering and office supplies, the Commission on Audit said in its 2017 report on the Davao City government

AUDIT. The 2017 audit report of Davao City shows P560 million worth of unutilized funds.

Hawaii volcano summit erupts, residents urged to take shelter

May 18, 2018 - 8:40 AM

'At any time, activity may again become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent,' the Hawaii Volcano Observatory says

KILAUEA. This image released by the US Geological Survey on May 17, 2018 shows lava spattering from an area between fissures 16 and 20 at 8:20 a.m. HST from the Kilauea Volcano on May 16, 2018. AFP PHOTO / US Geological Survey/HO

Karen Jimeno named undersecretary for disaster resiliency

May 16, 2018 - 1:52 PM

Lawyer Karen Jimeno was once spokesperson of the office tasked to coordinate rehabilitation efforts after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

NEW UNDERSECRETARY. President Rodrigo Duterte names lawyer Karen Jimeno as the new undersecretary for disaster resiliency. File photo by Paterno Esmaquel II

NGO-led crowdfunding app seeks to aid in disaster response

May 16, 2018 - 1:42 PM

SAFER, the country's first locally-led crowdfunding app, provides quick relief and response to disasters and emergencies

Only 1.16% of disaster response items delivered to OCD in 2017 – COA

May 13, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management should refund the Office of Civil Defense for undelivered items

UNDELIVERED. The Commission on Audit says P5.11 million or only 1.16% of disaster-response items purchased by the Office of Civil Defense were delivered by the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management in 2017.

Slow progress in Rapu-Rapu mine rehabilitation

May 08, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Rapu-Rapu Mayor Ronald Galicia says local officials are 'clueless' on the activities in the mining site where two major mine spills happened 13 years ago

Sugarcane vinegar production helps Batangas families cope with disasters

Apr 27, 2018 - 12:10 PM

The United Nations Democracy Fund helps women in disaster-prone areas find alternative livelihood sources to ensure their households' needs are met

Going home to Chernobyl ghost town 32 years on

Apr 27, 2018 - 12:01 AM

All the inhabitants of Pripyat, a town of nearly 50,000 built just two kilometers from the plant to house its employees, were evacuated the day after the world's worst nuclear disaster

GHOST TOWN. Natalia Shevchuk stands near a radioactive sign on April 23, 2018 in the ghost town of Pripyat, as she is revisiting her childhood home 32 years after the Chernobyl disaster. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Pass law on easy data access to save lives from disasters – Lagmay

Apr 22, 2018 - 6:50 PM

'A lot of scientists have agreed that data should be made open. It's for the public good. It's for humanity,' says UP Resilience Institute executive director Mahar Lagmay

OPEN DATA. UP Resilience Institute Executive Director Mahar Lagmay says that keeping data open is important in preparing for disasters. Rappler screenshot

Rappler Talk: U.P. Resilience Institute Director Mahar Lagmay on open data and disaster resilience

Apr 21, 2018 - 12:38 PM

One of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, the Philippines is exposed to several natural hazards such as floods, storm surge, landslides, and earthquakes

Emergency funds for electric coops ready for Duterte's signature into law

Mar 26, 2018 - 12:50 PM

If the bill is signed into law, electric cooperatives would no longer have to pass on costs of infrastructure damaged by natural calamities to their consumers

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperative (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Manila disaster management chief resigns

Mar 20, 2018 - 3:40 PM

(UPDATED) Johnny Yu declines to disclose his reasons for leaving the post

RESIGNED. Johnny Gaw Yu at the Manila Pavilion's vicinity during the fire. Photo by Paige Occeñola/Rappler

Strong aftershock as aid starts reaching quake-hit Papua New Guinea

Mar 07, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Aid has yet to reach isolated parts of the Southern Highlands, Western, Enga and Hela provinces, with landslides, ruined roads and dozens of aftershocks hampering efforts

AFTERMATH. A handout photo taken on March 6, 2018 and received on March 7 from the International Federation of Red Cross shows Red Cross personnel speaking to local people outside their damaged house at Kar in Papua New Guinea. AFP PHOTO / INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS

U.S. ship docks in Manila; sailors, Marines to help Mayon victims

Mar 05, 2018 - 8:50 PM

More than 2,500 sailors and Marines aboard USS Bonhomme Richard visit Manila 'to enhance the strong ties between the Philippines and the US'

IN MANILA. Operations Specialist Seaman Recruit Rizza Fontanares, from San Diego, uses big eyes binoculars while standing forward lookout watch during sea and anchor detail as the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrives in Manila for a scheduled port visit. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Sykes

Expert: PH tech, understanding of disasters 'on par with world's best'

Mar 02, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Dr Alfredo Mahar Francisco Lagmay says the Philippines is among the few countries that invested in LiDAR technology, which helps build disaster-resilient communities

BEST TECH. An expert on natural hazards said that the Filipino technology and understanding of natural hazards is at par with the best in the world. Photo by Don Kevin Hapal

Covering disasters: Expert tells media not to focus on death toll

Mar 02, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Mahar Lagmay, who heads UP's Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards project, says the media should also report on other forms of losses during disasters. Media organizations do.

The agricultural damage of Typhoon Lawin in 2016 was not reported by the media who are focused on reporting fatalities, an expert on natural hazards said. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Lagman daughter says Duterte better than ex-presidents in disaster response

Feb 28, 2018 - 6:42 PM

'For so many disaster operations we’ve been through as a mayor, this is the first time that I really feel the help of the national government when it comes to aid for displaced families of natural disasters,' Mayor Krisel Lagman-Luistro says

Mayor Krisel Lagman-Luistro of Tabaco City along with Rep. Joey Salceda (2nd District) and other mayors from nine municipalities affected by Mayon eruption smiles as the caravan of relief goods from national government agencies arrived in Guinobatan Albay on Wednesday. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Quake-hit PNG struggles to assess damage

Feb 28, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Papua New Guinea struggled to assess the damage from a massive earthquake which has forced oil and gas fields to close in a blow to the economy

MAJOR DAMAGE. This photo taken on February 27, 2018 and received on February 28 shows damage to a road near Mendi in Papua New Guinea's highlands region after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake. Melvin Levongo/AFP

Final bodies removed from rubble of Taiwan quake

Feb 26, 2018 - 11:31 AM

The Chinese couple from Beijing who were on a sightseeing trip have already been named among the 17 dead after a 6.4-magnitude quake toppled buildings in the coastal town of Hualien

CAUTION. A general view shows the Yun Tsui building (back C) leaning to one side after an overnight earthquake in the Taiwanese city of Hualien on February 7, 2018. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

5 dead, 15 missing in Indonesia landslide

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'The landslide buried the farmers working in their rice fields,' disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says in a statement.

Iran teams find wreckage of plane in Zagros mountains – spokesman

Feb 20, 2018 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) Gov't spokesperson: 'The Revolutionary Guards' helicopters this morning found the wreckage of the plane on Dena mountain'

AERIAL SURVEY. A handout picture released on February 19, 2018 by the Tasnim news agency shows members of a rescue team helicopter searching for the wreckage of Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 in Iran's Zagros mountain range. Tasnim News/Handout/AFP

Strong quake shakes Mexico, causing panic

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:43 AM

(UPDATED) Both Mexico's National Seismological Service and the US Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 7.2

Lorenzana: Disaster preparedness is a never-ending effort

Feb 16, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Local government officials should be at the forefront of disaster preparedness efforts, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, chair of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, after the first National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill in Quezon City

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Quezon City leads 1st nationwide earthquake drill for 2018

Feb 15, 2018 - 9:33 PM

QC rescuers respond to a number of earthquake scenarios, such as fire incidents, fallen debris, a looting incident, and a collapsed structure

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mt Pulag fire: Hikers face imprisonment, P18-M fine

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:13 PM

The hikers from Cebu will be charged for violating the Forest Code of the Philippines, says the DENR

 TORCHED. Mount Pulag is closed off from hikers for 6 months after a grassland fire. Bureau of Fire Protection photo

Aid reaches cyclone-hit Tonga as storm passes Fiji

Feb 14, 2018 - 9:55 AM

International aid begins trickling in to areas of Tonga devastated by Cyclone Gita, as Fiji escapes the worst of the storm's fury

DESTROYED. This handout photo taken and received from John Pulu from Tagata Pasifika on February 13, 2018 shows flooding and damage in Tonga's capital of Nuku'alofa after Cyclone Gita hit the country. John Pulu / Tagata Pasifika/AFP

4 dead as Basyang triggers landslide in Surigao del Sur

Feb 13, 2018 - 2:23 PM

The heavy rain triggers landslides that hit mountain villages outside the mining town of Carrascal, Surigao del Sur

Investigators search snow for clues to deadly Russian plane crash

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) Russia's Investigative Committee says it will consider explanations including human error, technical failure and weather conditions

HUDDLE. A picture taken in the Ramensky district on the outskirts of Moscow on February 11, 2018 shows an aerial view of Russian emergency vehicles arriving near to the site of air crash. Dmitry Serebryakov/AFP

Search for Taiwan quake victims ends as toll rises to 17

Feb 11, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Rescuers end their search of a Taiwan building left leaning at around a 50-degree angle by the earthquake

CAUTION. A general view shows the Yun Tsui building (back C) leaning to one side after an overnight earthquake in the Taiwanese city of Hualien on February 7, 2018. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Rescuers brave aftershocks as Taiwan earthquake toll rises to 9

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The major focus for emergency responders remains the 12-story Yun Tsui apartment block where the majority of the deaths occurred and dozens are still missing

FOCUS OF RESCUES. A general view shows the Yun Tsui building (back center) leaning to one side after an overnight earthquake in the Taiwanese city of Hualien on February 7, 2018. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Rescuers scour toppled buildings after Taiwan earthquake kills 7

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:28 AM

(UPDATED) Authorities say they could not verify how many residents are still missing after the 6.4-magnitude quake which hit the eastern port city of Hualien

DANGER ZONE. Rescue workers block off the area to search for survivors outside a building which tilted to one side after its foundation collapsed in Hualien after a strong 6.4-magnitude quake rocked eastern Taiwan early on February 7, 2018. Paul Yang/AFP

Two dead, over 200 injured in Taiwan quake

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:20 AM

(UPDATED) A hotel and an apartment block were the worst hit by the quake in the port city of Hualien, according to the national fire agency

MARSHAL HOTEL COLLAPSE. Rescue workers search through rubble outside the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early February 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island. Photo by AFP

#BidaAngHanda earthquake drill set for February 15

Feb 05, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The #BidaAngHanda campaign aims to educate Filipinos about how they should prepare for earthquakes and other hazards

6.1 magnitude earthquake rattles northern Afghanistan – USGS

Jan 31, 2018 - 4:18 PM

(UPDATED) The quake hit at 0707 GMT near Afghanistan's northern border with Tajikistan in the Hindu Kush mountains at a depth of 191 kilometers (119 miles), the US Geological Survey says

Hawaii fires warning officer who sent missile alert

Jan 31, 2018 - 7:40 AM

A state investigative report says that the fired employee has been a 'source of concern' for 10 years because of his 'poor performance'

CALM. A morning view of the city of Honolulu, Hawaii is seen on January 13, 2018, the day the false missile alert was sent. Eugene Tanner/AFP

DSWD waives conditions for release of 4Ps fund to Mayon victims

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:19 PM

Families staying in the 76 evacuation centers in Albay will also get temporary employment

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mudflow threat builds with more lava, debris from Mayon

Jan 30, 2018 - 12:53 PM

The threat of catastrophic mudflows is building on the slopes of Mayon, where nearly 90,000 residents have been moved out of harm's way

POSSIBLE MUDFLOW CHANNEL. A shallow river is seen with the Mayon volcano in the background in Sto Domingo, Albay, January 30, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gunmen attack Kabul military compound, multiple casualties

Jan 29, 2018 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri says 5 soldiers are killed and 10 wounded in the assault claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) group via its propaganda arm Amaq

ON ALERT. Afghan security personnel stand guard near the site of an attack near the Marshal Fahim Military Academy base in Kabul on January 29, 2018. Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Fearless farmers defy Mayon's anger

Jan 29, 2018 - 12:32 PM

The 9-kilometer extended danger zone is not stopping farmers from tending to crops and livestock that are a crucial part of their livelihoods

IN THE DANGER ZONE. This photo taken on January 27, 2018 shows farmer Jay Balindang tending to his water buffalo under heavy rains in a rice field at the foot of the Mayon volcano in the town of Guinobatan in Albay province. Ted Aljibe/AFP