Greece in mourning, several still missing in deadly flood

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:59 PM

Rescue crews try to locate several people missing in a flood that killed 15 people near the capital, as rain continues to fall

STRANDED. Bystanders and rescue personnel look at vehicles submerged in floodwaters on a highway near Eleusina, south-west of Athens on November 15, 2017, after heavy overnight rainfall in the area caused damage and left 15 people dead. Valerie Gache/AFP

Pasig, Legazpi showcase urban climate solutions at UN climate conference

Nov 16, 2017 - 6:23 PM

ASEAN cities share innovative urban solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation

PH leads call for innovative climate finance for vulnerable countries

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:52 PM

The Philippines needs to get support for data gathering and capacity building, says Senator Loren Legarda, head of the Philippine delegation at the 23rd UN Climate Change Conference

Iran scrambles to aid victims of killer quake

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:23 AM

As the country marked a day of mourning, President Hassan Rouhani promised swift help following the 7.3-magnitude quake that struck a mountainous region spanning the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday, November 12

LIFE GOES ON. An Iranian boy rides a bicycle through the rubble past damaged buildings in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran's western Kermanshah province near the border with Iraq, on November 14, 2017, following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that left hundreds killed and thousands homeless two days before. Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran hunts for survivors as quake kills 400 near Iraq border

Nov 14, 2017 - 7:43 AM

Iranian authorities say rescue operations have been largely completed and the government declares Tuesday, November 14, a national day of mourning

SEARCH. Rescue personnel conduct search and rescue work following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake at Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran's Kermanshah province on November 13, 2017. Pouria Pakizeh/ISNA/AFP

More than 200 killed as earthquake rocks Iran-Iraq border

Nov 13, 2017 - 7:45 AM

(5th UPDATE) The quake took place along a 1,500 kilometer fault line between the Arabia and Eurasia tectonic plates, the USGS says

INJURED. An earthquake victim is aided at Sulaimaniyah Hospital on November 12, 2017, in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq. Shwan Mohammed/AFP

ASEAN leaders urged to act on malnutrition, drug-resistant superbugs

Nov 11, 2017 - 6:08 PM

Health officials in the region have endorsed several proposed declarations to ASEAN leaders that they hope would be made by the end of the Manila Summit

HEALTH DECLARATIONS. DOH Assistant Secretary Lyndon Lee-Suy gives a press briefing on November 11, 2017 on the different health declarations that ASEAN leaders hope to achieve by the end of the 31st ASEAN Summit.

More than 90 killed in Vietnam's deadliest typhoon in years

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:35 PM

More than 120,000 houses and 250,000 hectares of farmland were damaged in the storm, according to the country's disaster management authority

Residents and tourists are transported by boats through floodwaters in the tourist town of Hoi An on November 5, 2017, one day after Typhoon Damrey made landfall in central Vietnam. Stringer/AFP

IN PHOTOS: 4 years on, Yolanda survivors remember their loved ones

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:22 PM

Four years since Super Typhoon Yolanda barreled through Eastern Visayas, survivors continue to tell tales of their survival, share the lessons they have learned, and remember those who have perished

Photo by Ailene Liporada

DSWD gives P300,000 in aid to families in flood-hit Cagayan Valley

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:05 PM

At least 17,447 families or 64,659 individuals are affected by floods and landslides in the region

SUBMERGED. Houses in the low-lying areas in Tuguegarao is flooded due to swollen Pinacanauan River. Photo courtesy of Cagayan PIO

DBM: Palace approves additional P14.5-B disaster funds for Marawi rehab

Nov 08, 2017 - 2:48 PM

'As far as financing is concerned, there is no problem. But to manage expectations, this will not happen overnight,' budget chief Benjamin Diokno says

Why write about disasters?

Nov 08, 2017 - 2:24 PM

We go back to basics and ask ourselves, 'Will the public understand what I'm writing?' or 'Will this piece avert deaths?'

Help for the helpers: Mental health support for Yolanda's first responders

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:08 AM

In the clamor for mental health support during natural calamities, most of the attention is focused on the victims, but those who provide relief response also need help

2 dead in landslides in Cagayan town

Nov 07, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Authorities say an estimated 28,000 people are affected by landslides and flooding in Cagayan

LANDSLIDE. Landslide hit houses in Santa Ana town in Cagayan. Photo courtesy of Gerlie Rambunay

Death toll from Vietnam typhoon rises to 61

Nov 07, 2017 - 11:39 AM

Muddy flood waters have submerged the hardest-hit provinces and swamped nearby Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

FERRIED. Residents and tourists are transported by boats through floodwaters in the tourist town of Hoi An on November 5, 2017, one day after Typhoon Damrey made landfall in central Vietnam. Stringer/AFP

Puerto Rico population to drop 14% after hurricane

Nov 07, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York estimates in a report released last month that about 114,000 to 213,000 Puerto Rican residents will leave the island annually 'as a result of Hurricane Maria'

LEAVING. People wait in a line to check-in for flights at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017, as some flights are still being rescheduled for one or two weeks. Hector Retamal/AFP

Malacañang on 4th Yolanda anniversary: Rehab delays unacceptable

Nov 06, 2017 - 10:09 PM

President Duterte also promises those responsible for 'subhuman housing' will be prosecuted, says his spokesman

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte huddles with Mayor Cristina Romualdez, Leyte Governor Leopoldo Petilla, Vice-President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Secretary Maria Leonor Robredo, and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. after the wreath-laying and candle-lighting ceremony during the 3rd year commemoration of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City on November 8. Photo by Exequiel Supera/Presidential Photo

27 dead as Typhoon Damrey batters Vietnam

Nov 05, 2017 - 11:55 AM

(UPDATED) The storm hits just ays before the country welcomes world leaders to the APEC summit

This picture taken on November 4, 2017 shows men removing fallen trees on a street in Nha Trang after Typhoon Damrey hit central Vietnam.  Stringer / Vietnam News Agency / AFP

$129B in extreme weather losses last year – climate report

Oct 31, 2017 - 1:09 PM

There was a 46% increase in weather disasters from 2010 to 2016, with 797 'extreme' events recorded last year, according to research published in The Lancet medical journal

Heavy waves caused by Hurricane Matthew pounds the boat docks at the Sunset Bar and Grill, October 7, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

At least 5 dead as storm hits central Europe

Oct 30, 2017 - 1:25 AM

The windstorm also disrupts railway operations and leaves hundreds of thousands of homes without power

A woman walks her dogs in Stromovka park in Prague which has closed due to strong winds on October 29, 2017.  Strong winds battered central Europe today, reaching 180 kilometres an hour in the Czech Republic, where two people were killed by falling trees. / AFP PHOTO / Michal Cizek

Puerto Rico 'heartbreaking' 5 weeks post-storm

Oct 28, 2017 - 8:57 AM

Not only are there medication shortages, but the lack of power make long-term care difficult at home for those with chronic conditions

WEEKS AFTER. An aerial view of houses affected by the passing of Hurricane Maria in Naranjito, Puerto Rico, October 23, 2017. Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

More than 73,000 Puerto Ricans flee for Florida after Hurricane Maria

Oct 26, 2017 - 1:47 PM

The governor also reports that Florida schools have registered more than 3,500 students displaced from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, also affected by the hurricane

FLEEING. In this file photo, people wait in a line to check flights at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017 as some flights are still being rescheduled for one or two weeks. Hector Retamal/AFP

Families can return to Marawi starting October 29

Oct 25, 2017 - 7:45 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development calls for close coordination among the evacuees, barangays, and social welfare offices

HOMECOMING. Family displaced by the war in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Sana'y hindi maging Zamboanga ang Marawi

Oct 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Dalawang isyu ang matingkad sa karanasan ng Pilipinas sa mga disaster at giyera: kakapusan sa kahusayan at kasalatan sa integridad

Former U.S. presidents take stage at hurricane benefit concert

Oct 22, 2017 - 11:24 AM

Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter appear together, praising Americans for their willingness to help fellow citizens and urging them to do more

UNITED. (L-R) Former US Presidents, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama attend the Hurricane Relief concert in College Station, Texas, on October 21, 2017. Jim Chapin/AFP

Japan braces for super typhoon ahead of election

Oct 21, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Super typhoon Lan, described as 'very large' and 'very strong' by Japan's Meteorological Agency, is packing gusts up to 252 kilometers (157 miles) per hour

14 feared dead in Malaysian landslide

Oct 21, 2017 - 3:10 PM

(UPDATED) Officials say the weather at the construction site was dry at the time of the accident, and Penang had not had heavy rains for some days

AFTERMATH. Rescue workers search for victims of a landslide at a construction site in Tanjung Bungah on the north of Penang on October 21, 2017. Malaysia Out / Stringer / AFP

Marawi evacuees to get DSWD aid for 2 months after returning home

Oct 19, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Food packs will be given to those who stayed in evacuation centers and those who fled to homes of relatives or friends

MARAWI CRISIS. Internally displaced residents lined up for the distribution of food packs at the Saguiran Municipal hall, Lanao del Sur. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Heavy rain triggers floods in Dumaguete

Oct 19, 2017 - 3:52 PM

A bridge collapses as the Banica River in Dumaguete City overflows

Zamboanga City under state of calamity

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:49 AM

(UPDATED) The City Council declares a state of calamity in Zamboanga City which has experienced massive flooding, as well as damage to agriculture and infrastructure, due to heavy rains

CITY DISASTER COUNCIL. Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco presides over the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) meeting. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Thousands still without power in Ireland after freak storm

Oct 17, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The outages mainly affect the south and west of Ireland

AFTER OPHELIA. Residents look at fallen trees that were blown down by Storm Ophelia blocking a road in Ireland’s southwest city of Cork, on October 17, 2017. Ben Stanstall/AFP

NDRRMC to local officials: Prepare for Severe Tropical Storm Paolo, LPA

Oct 17, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Those in Bicol, the Visayas, and Mindanao are advised to take precautionary measures amid rain from Paolo, while Palawan is affected by the low pressure area

PREPAREDNESS. The NDRRMC conducts an emergency response preparedness meeting to discuss government response for combined effects of Tropical Storm Paolo and the low pressure area. Photo from NDRRMC

3 killed, 360,000 without power as freak storm hits Ireland

Oct 17, 2017 - 6:31 AM

Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean and the furthest north since 1939, was downgraded to a storm before it hit the Irish coast but nonetheless wrought havoc

VIOLENT SEA. Huge waves strike the harbor wall and lighthouse at Porthcawl, South Wales, on October 16, 2017 as Storm Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland. Geoff Caddick/AFP

Vietnam braces for more downpours as flood toll hits 72

Oct 16, 2017 - 3:20 PM

The desperate search for the missing continues with officials trying to clear roads as Tropical Depression Khanun barrels towards northern Vietnam

Thousands without power in Ireland as freak storm hits

Oct 16, 2017 - 1:33 PM

(UPDATED) Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean and the furthest north since 1939, is downgraded to a storm before it hit the Irish coast but nonetheless poses enough of a threat

Startups tapped to rescue disaster-prone ASEAN region

Oct 16, 2017 - 12:34 PM

'Startups to the Resque' relies on the spirit and dynamism of the youth to propose solutions for disaster resilience and recovery

30 killed as wildfires rage in Portugal and Spain

Oct 16, 2017 - 12:07 PM

(UPDATED) The recent fires have been caused by 'higher than average temperatures for the season and the cumulative effect of drought, which has been felt since the start of the year'

FIGHTING THE FLAMES. Firefighters and civilians attempt to subdue wildfire flames in Vigo, northwestern Spain, October 15, 2017. Miguel Riopa/AFP

California fire toll rises to 40

Oct 16, 2017 - 7:32 AM

Cal Fire says 22 of the victims died in Napa and Sonoma counties, just north of San Francisco

WHAT'S LEFT. California National Guard troops search burned homes near Mark West Springs Road and Old Redwood Highway on October 15, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California. David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

1 dead, over 1,300 families displaced as floods hit Zamboanga City

Oct 16, 2017 - 12:55 AM

The lone fatality is a 70-year-old man who drowned while evacuating

Rebuilding the churches of Bohol

Oct 15, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Four years after an earthquake leveled both the Loon Church and the Maribojoc Church, the reconstruction of the two historic structures has begun

WHAT REMAINS. The image of Christ the King stands intact at the entrance of the ruins of the Holy Cross Parish Church in Maribojoc. Photo courtesy Isabel Templo

'Hell on Earth': California fire toll rises to 38

Oct 15, 2017 - 8:21 AM

(UPDATED) Around 335 square miles (864 square kilometers) of residential neighborhoods, forests and other property have been burned since October 8, the state fire agency says

BURNED. An aerial view shows burned properties in Santa Rosa, California on October 12, 2017. Josh Edelson/AFP

Cagayan town under state of calamity due to Tropical Storm Odette

Oct 13, 2017 - 11:48 PM

Almost all the 27 barangays of the municipality of Allacapan are affected by flooding due to overnight rain

SUBMERGED VILLAGES. Ricefields in Cagayan Valley are the worst hit by floods caused by Tropical Storm Odette's rains on October 13, 2017. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Children’s health in peril as climate impacts escalate in PH

Oct 13, 2017 - 2:35 PM

More Filipino children face the dangers of vector-borne diseases such as dengue and Chikungunya – another viral disease that shares clinical symptoms with dengue, but is incurable

Vietnam flood and landslide toll hits 54

Oct 13, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Rescuers are desperately searching for 39 people still missing after heavy rains pounded several provinces this week, with forecasters warning of another major storm heading toward the country

DISASTER. Excavators and rescuers search for bodies of victims at the site of a landslide where 4 families with 18 members were killed in Tan Lac district, northern province of Hoa Binh on October 12, 2017. Photo by Viet Dung/AFP

California fires kill 31, deadliest in state's history

Oct 13, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Gusty winds are hampering the efforts of the 8,000 firefighters battling 20 blazes

AFLAME. Flames from the Canyon 2 Fire burn tree and brush along the 241 freeway near Orange, California, October 9, 2017 in Orange, California. Robyn Beck/AFP

Floods, landslides kill 37 in Vietnam, scores missing

Oct 12, 2017 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) Images on state media show people wading through waist-deep waters and tracts of forests wiped out by landslides

This picture from the Vietnam News Agency taken on October 11, 2017 shows residents standing at an end of a destroyed bridge in the northern province of Yen Bai. At least 37 people have died and another 40 are missing after floods and landslides ravaged northern and central Vietnam, disaster officials said on October 12. / AFP PHOTO / Vietnam News Agency / VIETNAM NEWS AGENCY

23 dead in 'catastrophic' California wildfires

Oct 12, 2017 - 7:53 AM

(UPDATED) Winds and dry conditions are hampering efforts to contain the deadly blazes

Puerto Rico toll hits 44 as governor asks U.S. Congress for more aid

Oct 12, 2017 - 7:47 AM

With over 5,700 people living in shelters and most of the island still without electricity and running water, the risk posed by contagious diseases is amplified

A man surveys a house that was washed away by heavy surf during the passing of Hurricane Maria in Manati, Puerto Rico on October 6, 2017. Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

Thousands evacuate as California wildfires kill 10

Oct 10, 2017 - 8:12 AM

(UPDATED) At least 1,500 buildings are destroyed as the state declares an emergency in 3 counties ravaged by fires

AFLAME. Flames from the Canyon 2 Fire burn tree and brush along the 241 freeway near Orange, California, October 9, 2017 in Orange, California. Robyn Beck/AFP

‘Minor’ landslide in Davao City disrupts traffic for days

Oct 09, 2017 - 8:06 PM

Thousands of commuters find are stuck in gridlock, with a portion of the Carlos P. Garcia Highway closed since Friday, October 6

GRIDLOCK. CCTV image of MacArthur Highway in Davao City at 1:59 pm, Monday, October 9. Photo courtesy of the Davao City Public Safety Security Command Center