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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

New alert as hundreds feared dead in Brazil dam disaster

Jan 27, 2019 - 8:57 PM

The alert warns of dangerously high water levels at a dam that is part of the Corrego do Feijao mining complex in southeastern Brazil

Hope fades for 300 missing in Brazil dam disaster

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:13 PM

(UPDATED) The local governor says 'odds are minimal' that they would be found alive

Aerial view showing firemen looking for people in heavy machinery (L and R) and a locomotive (C) after the collapse of a dam which belonged to Brazil's giant mining company Vale, near the town of Brumadinho in southeastern Brazil, on January 25, 2019. - A dam collapse in southeast Brazil unleashed a torrent of mud on a riverside town and surrounding farmland Friday, destroying houses, leaving 200 people missing and raising fears of a number of deaths, according to officials. (Photo by Douglas Magno / AFP)

First body pulled from India mine after 6 weeks – official

Jan 24, 2019 - 9:16 PM

Rescuers had struggled to retrieve the badly decomposed corpse, despite being equipped with modern technology

RESCUE. In this photo taken on December 30, 2018, Indian Navy divers go down in the mine with a pulley during rescue operations after 15 miners were trapped by flooding in an illegal coal mine in Ksan village in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district of India. AFP file photo

Floods, landslides kill at least 8 in Indonesia

Jan 23, 2019 - 10:40 PM

At least 4 people are missing but authorities say data is still being collected across hard-hit areas

AFTER HEAVY RAINS. This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, on January 23, 2019 shows an aerial view of the flood situation in Gowa, Sulawesi. AFP PHOTO / BADAN NASIONAL PENANGGULANGAN BENCANA (BNBP)

Death toll from Tropical Depression Usman rises to 126

Jan 05, 2019 - 10:07 PM

(UPDATED) The NDRRMC says at least 60 persons are injured, while 26 remain missing

RETRIEVAL OPS. Members of the Philippine Red Cross - Camarines Sur carry a body bag containing a cadaver from a landslide area in the province. Photo courtesy of Philippine Red Cross - Camarines Sur

Floods, blackouts after Thai storm, but tourist islands spared

Jan 05, 2019 - 3:57 PM

The storm tacks away from the key tourist islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, where large numbers of travelers hunker down for 24 hours in heavy rains

BLACKOUTS. Two girls play with a flashlight as a relative sleeps next to them inside an evacuation centre after being displaced by tropical storm Pabuk in the southern Thai province of Nakhon Si Thammarat on January 4, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

P12.5 million in aid given to victims of Tropical Depression Usman in Bicol

Jan 04, 2019 - 7:09 PM

The region was among those hit badly by Usman, which triggered heavy rains that caused massive flooding and landslides

ASSISTANCE. Residents in Bicol affected by Tropical Depression Usman were given food and non-food items as part of assistance from the government. Photo courtesy of the Department of Social Welfare and Development

NDRRMC: At least 122 dead due to Tropical Depression Usman

Jan 03, 2019 - 11:50 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The NDRRMC says 28 people are missing

RUINS. Houses were destroyed by the landslide in Barangay Sugod, Albay. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

Robredo urges LGUs to strengthen disaster infrastructure

Jan 02, 2019 - 4:34 PM

'Dapat maging lesson ito sa ating lahat, na talagang pag-isipan iyong mga infrastructue na dapat asikasuhin,' says Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo visited Sitio Igot in Brgy. Patitinan, Sagñay, Camarines Sur on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2019, to check the extent of damage in the area due to a landslide there last Dec. 29, 2018. Photo by OVP

NDRRMC: Tropical Depression Usman death toll climbs to 85

Jan 02, 2019 - 1:11 PM

The NDRRMC, which is still validating the recorded deaths, says 20 people remain missing

LANDSLIDE. A landslide in Barangay Patitinan in Sagnay town in Camarines Sur happened in the aftermath of Tropical Depression Usman. Photo from Lizel Macatangay's Facebook account

NDRRMC: Tropical Depression Usman death toll rises to 75

Jan 01, 2019 - 2:12 PM

The number of deaths continues to rise as search and retrieval operations are underway

RUINS. This main house was destroyed by the landslide in Barangay Sugod, Albay. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

Bicol OCD: Tropical Depression Usman death toll climbs to 68

Dec 31, 2018 - 1:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of Civil Defense -Bicol Region fears the number of fatalities will continue to increase

SEARCH AND RETRIEVAL. Police officers, fire brigades and volunteers help in the operation. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

Lorenzana assures public: Gov’t ready for Usman

Dec 28, 2018 - 1:46 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana still warns residents living along the forecast path of tropical depression path to be wary of landslides and floods

READY FOR USMAN. The government gears up as Tropical Depression Usman makes landfall in Eastern Samar on December 28, 2018.

WATCH: What can you do to prepare for disasters?

Dec 20, 2018 - 1:57 PM

There are little things you can do to prepare for disasters in the hazard-prone country that is the Philippines

Deep 6.3-magnitude quake strikes eastern Indonesia

Dec 01, 2018 - 10:41 PM

The Indonesia disaster agency says the quake was felt weakly in Tiakur for about 3 to 5 seconds

Philippines, Japan tackle infra, flood management projects

Nov 22, 2018 - 3:05 PM

The two countries reaffirm their commitment to get the Metro Manila Subway partially running by 2022

Thousands evacuated as Guatemala volcano erupts, then stops

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Many of those evacuated say they fear a repeat of the deadly June eruption

Number of missing jumps to more than 1,000 in California fire

Nov 17, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea emphasizes that their list of missing is constantly fluctuating and that not everyone on it is presumed dead

PARADISE, CA - NOVEMBER 10: A Butte County sherriff deputy stands by at a destroyed home where a deceased victim of the Camp Fire on November 10, 2018 in Paradise, California. Fueled by high winds and low humidity, the rapidly spreading Camp Fire ripped through the town of Paradise and has quickly charred 100,000 acres and has destroyed over 6,700 homes and businesses in a matter of hours. The fire is currently at 20 percent containment. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINION] Preserving indigenous knowledge in disaster recovery

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Keeping indigenous knowledge systems, practices, and beliefs alive will allow communities of smallholder farmers to maintain their culture and the balance in their ecosystem without sacrificing their livelihood

Firefighters battle blazes on 2 fronts in California, 44 dead

Nov 14, 2018 - 1:46 PM

Most of the fatalities have been reported from the town of Paradise, population 26,000, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains about 80 miles north of Sacramento

PARADISE FIRE. Chris and Nancy Brown embrace while looking over the remains of their burned residence after the Camp fire tore through the region in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Japan economy shrinks in Q3 as natural disasters hit

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:48 AM

Gross domestic product for the July-September period has contracted 0.3% from the previous quarter, reversing growth of 0.8% in the April-June period

ECONOMY SHRINKS. Experts say a number of natural disasters in Japan dampened personal consumption, company investment and exports. File photo from AFP