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Japan rescuers battle to reach thousands trapped by floods

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:09 AM

One emergency worker says the coronavirus might be dissuading people from volunteering to help with the rescue efforts

DESTROYED. A man sits outside the house of his aunt, who died from flooding of the Kuma river due to torrential rains, in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture on July 8, 2020. Photo by STR/JIJI PRESS/AFP

Japan issues fresh rain disaster warnings as toll hits 54

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:08 AM

Local media report that some people were preferring to sleep in cars rather than risk coronavirus infection at shelters

DAMAGE. An officer walks past a damaged car in Hitoyoshi, in Kumamoto Prefecture on July 8, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

At least 52 dead in Japan floods as more troops join rescue

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:58 PM

Authorities warn more rain is expected as rescue operations continue in southwestern Japan

Rain hampers rescue efforts after deadly Japan floods

Jul 06, 2020 - 7:56 PM

(UPDATED) In the worst-affected region of Kumamoto, bad weather is preventing some rescue efforts, local officials say, with at least 13 people still unaccounted for

AFTERMATH. Rescue workers search for missing people at a landslide site caused by heavy rain in Tsunagi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 6, 2020. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Mass burial for scores killed in Myanmar jade mine disaster

Jul 04, 2020 - 12:13 PM

The landslide in northern Myanmar kills over 170 people, most of them migrant workers. It is the worst accident in memory to befall Myanmar's notoriously dangerous jade mines.

MASS BURIAL. Volunteers bury bodies of miners in a mass grave while relatives look on during a funeral ceremony near Hpakant in Kachin state on July 3, 2020. Photo by Zaw Moe Htet/AFP

More than a million hit by India monsoon floods

Jun 30, 2020 - 10:07 AM

About 70% of Assam's World Heritage-listed Kaziranga National Park – home to two-thirds of the world's remaining one-horned rhinos – is submerged by the floods

FLOODED. A villager walks with his cattle through floodwaters at Buraburi village of Morigoan district in India's northeastern state of Assam on June 27, 2020. Photo by Biju Boro/AFP

Dozens killed as south China hit by floods and rainstorms

Jun 11, 2020 - 10:12 AM

Floods and mudslides cause nearly 230,000 people to be relocated and destroy more than 1,300 houses

FLOODED. Submerged streets and inundated buildings after heavy rain caused flooding in Yangshuo, in China's southern Guangxi region. Photo by STR/AFP

[OPINION] Preparing for typhoon season in the middle of a pandemic

Jun 10, 2020 - 7:33 AM

'Disaster planning managers in the country should do their homework as early as now'

New Zealand PM unruffled as earthquake hits mid-interview

May 25, 2020 - 9:23 AM

'Quite a decent shake here, if you see things moving behind me,' Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says, smiling

CALM AND COMPOSED. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Parliament House in Wellington on April 27, 2020. Photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

LGUs must plan early to juggle pandemic response with typhoons – expert

May 23, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Typhoon season could complicate the coronavirus crisis – with evacuation centers used as quarantine facilities and calamity funds spent. We need to plan now before it's too late, says an expert.

FLOOD. Typhoon Ambo floods Las Navas town in Northern Samar. Photo from Teacher FA Abuque and Northern Samar Provincial Information Office

What LGUs can do to prepare for disasters amid coronavirus outbreak

May 22, 2020 - 3:27 PM

Here are some ways that local governments can prepare for disasters during the coronavirus outbreak

Rappler Talk: Mahar Lagmay on dealing with typhoons amid COVID-19 pandemic

May 22, 2020 - 10:13 AM

The disaster response expert talks about how government should prepare for typhoon season amid coronavirus lockdowns

#ReliefPH: Help badly-hit towns recover from Typhoon Ambo

May 21, 2020 - 2:49 PM

With their disaster funds already nearly depleted by coronavirus-related preparations, local governments and groups appeal to the public to help their towns recover from Typhoon Ambo

JIPAPAD TOWN. Muddy floodwaters in parts of the town on May 16, 2020. Photo from the Facebook page of Governor Ben Evardone

'Super cyclone' Amphan batters Bangladesh, India

May 21, 2020 - 9:22 AM

'The situation is more worrying than the coronavirus pandemic. We don't know how to handle it,' India's West Bengal state leader Mamata Banerjee says

FLOOD. Residents walk along a house on a flooded street heading to a shelter ahead of the expected landfall of cyclone Amphan, in Dacope of Khulna district on May 20, 2020. Photo by Munir uz Zaman/AFP

Millions batten down as 'super cyclone' Amphan hits Bangladesh, India

May 20, 2020 - 11:03 PM

Authorities scramble to evacuate more than 3 million people from low-lying areas, but the task is complicated by the need to prevent the spread of coronavirus

SUPER CYCLONE. This NASA Earth Observatory image obtained May 20, 2020, shows Tropical Cyclone Amphan at 16:15 Universal Time (9:45 p.m. India Standard Time) on May 19, 2020 as it moved north-northeast over the Bay of Bengal. Handout/NASA Earth Observatory/AFP

'Super cyclone' to slam India, Bangladesh

May 20, 2020 - 9:39 AM

Along with 'very heavy rainfall,' the system is expected to result in a storm surge pushing the sea level several meters higher

AMPHAN. A man looks out as waves hit a breakwater at Kasimedu fishing harbor in Chennai on May 19, 2020, as Cyclone Amphan barrels towards India's eastern coast. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

[OPINION] Towards a Disaster Risk Reduction approach to virus response

May 06, 2020 - 2:09 PM

'Response to disasters uses a cluster approach at different levels to address multifaceted issues. Why can't this tackle the pandemic?'

Record 50 million people displaced internally – monitors

Apr 28, 2020 - 11:55 AM

'Internally displaced people are often highly vulnerable people living in crowded camps, emergency shelters, and informal settlements with little or no access to health care,' IDMC director Alexandra Bilak says in a statement

ARRESTED. Rohingya people who were arrested at sea in December walk on a beach after being transported by Myanmar authorities to Thalchaung near Sittwe in Rakhine state on January 13, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

Tornadoes bring death, destruction in southern U.S.

Apr 14, 2020 - 11:19 AM

Images show lines of smashed, roofless houses where tornadoes had blasted through, many homes just piles of rubble sitting atop foundations

DAMAGE. This handout photo obtained April 13, 2020 courtesy of the City of Monroe, Louisiana shows the aftermath of storm damage. Photo by Handout/The City of Monroe/AFP

Monster Pacific cyclone Harold batters Fiji

Apr 08, 2020 - 9:02 AM

(UPDATED) Harold remains 'extremely dangerous' and residents in the island's south are advised to shelter in churches, schools, or other substantial buildings

TURBULENT. This handout photo taken on April 7, 2020 shows high seas along the coast in Lamen Bay, after Tropical Cyclone Harold swept through the northern islands of the Pacific island country of Vanuatu. Photo by Tasso Joshua/AFP

Here's how freelance entertainment workers can apply for FDCP's DEAR Action program

Apr 01, 2020 - 8:20 PM

The program is the FDCP's assistance to workers in the audio-visual sector who have suddenly found themselves unemployed due to a catastrophe

Liza Diño. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Tackling the disproportionate impact of disasters on women

Mar 17, 2020 - 2:26 PM

'One report finds that women and children are 14 times more likely to die in a disaster compared to men, and prevailing traditional gender roles seem to be the culprit'

DENR reminds Cebu LGUs to check hazard maps for landslide prone areas

Mar 11, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Over 250 barangays in Cebu province are in landslide prone areas. The geosciences bureau reminds LGUs to prepare for the rainy season.

RESCUE OPS. File photo by Cebu Provincial Governement

Nationwide earthquake drill canceled due to coronavirus outbreak

Mar 10, 2020 - 4:45 PM

The NDRRMC says the first quarter drill was canceled to 'ensure public health safety of the drill participants and to prevent the possible risk of contracting COVID-19'

PREPARED. Corazon Elementary School pupils in Batasan, Quezon City, participate in a simultaneous nationwide earthquake drill on Thursday, June 20 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

21 dead as torrential rain hits Brazil

Mar 04, 2020 - 11:21 AM

The victims were electrocuted, buried in landslides, or drowned, emergency officials say

UPSIDE DOWN. Cars are stuck in the water and mud, after heavy rains during the weekend in Realengo neighbourhood, in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 2, 2020. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Tornadoes tear through Tennessee, 25 dead

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:07 AM

News footage shows cars piled up, hangars destroyed, and what appears to be dozens of aircraft smashed into each other

DAMAGE. Buildings damaged by the storm are seen in the Germantown neighborhood following devastating tornadoes on March 03, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images/AFP

QC trains health workers, volunteers vs coronavirus

Feb 29, 2020 - 6:53 PM

More than a hundred health workers and volunteers from 20 barangays in Quezon City have been trained, so far

Photo from Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office

DILG orders LGUs to craft plans for the 'Big One' in 90 days

Feb 26, 2020 - 6:52 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says local officials that fail to do so may face administrative, even criminal cases

Storm Dennis wreaks havoc across UK, parts of France

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:52 PM

The second severe storm in a week to hit Britain brings high winds of more than 140 kilometers an hour and more than a month's worth of rain in 48 hours in some places

STORM DENNIS. A picture shows a member of the emergency services and cars on a flooded high street in Tenbury Wells in western England, on February 17, 2020, after the River Teme broke its banks and flooded amid Storm Dennis. Photo by Oli Scarff/ AFP

Why fact checking is important during times of disasters, epidemics

Feb 13, 2020 - 3:32 PM

Spreading unverified information, especially exaggerated claims and warnings, only causes unnecessary panic and harm

Vico Sotto signs Pasig's disaster response deal with Cagayan Valley

Feb 10, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Pasig is the first city in Metro Manila to sign a disaster response agreement with its designated partner region. If the 'Big One' strikes, Cagayan Valley will come to Pasig City's aid.

PARTNER RESPONDERS. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto signs a memorandum of understanding with Cagayan Valley Region Office of Civil Defense Director Dante Balao, that the region's disaster response teams will come to the city's aid in case of "the big one" earthquake of the Marikina Valley Fault. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

[OPINION] All crises are manufactured, and all crises can be stopped

Feb 06, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Which solution will work – one that serves the needs of foreign capital and local greed, or one that serves the people?

Jalad says better to make NDRRMC chief a 'Cabinet-level' position

Jan 29, 2020 - 9:31 PM

Stakeholders have pointed out that since the NDRRMC is merely a council, it doesn't have the budget nor the power to make decisions on situations that require a Cabinet rank

CABINET-LEVEL. Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, the executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, says it's better to make NDRRMC chief a secretary. Photo by Angie de Silva

Water facilities being constructed at Batangas evacuation camps for Taal victims

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:42 AM

Jetmatic pumps will be placed in several evacuation camps such as Batangas Sports Complex, West Bauan, Central School, Bauan Batangas, Lemery, Agoncillo, and San Nicolas

WATER SOURCE. Evacuees watch a team working on installing deep well water pumps in an evacuation site in Batangas. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia

Who was prepared for the Taal Volcano emergency? Cavite

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:30 AM

All its 23 towns and cities now host evacuees from Batangas

How Filipinos are helping Taal eruption survivors while going zero waste

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:10 PM

Seeing the need to do their part to help those affected, many organizations championing the zero-waste lifestyle are helping Taal eruption survivors by leading eco-friendly donation drives

Background photo by KD Madrilejos

LIST: Relief proposals for Taal Volcano evacuees

Jan 22, 2020 - 1:06 PM

Proposals – so far, from senators – range from cash aid to moratorium on loan payments

RELIEF NEEDED. Residents of Agoncillo, Batangas were temporarily allowed by authorities to return to their homes on January 17, 2020, to retrieve their livestock. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Fast response: How Tokyo Olympics will cope if earthquake strikes

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:19 AM

Earthquakes, typhoons, or terrorist attacks can strike anytime, and organizers want to be as prepared as possible

RESCUE DRILL. Members of the Japan Self-Defence Forces and a Tokyo Fire Department rescuer check on dummies of injured persons during a simulation disaster drill at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, a venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in Tokyo on December 19, 2019. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Tagaytay Sky Ranch still vulnerable to 'heavy ashfall' – NDRRMC

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:33 PM

Tagaytay Sky Ranch is safe from a possible base surge, but still vulnerable to heavy ashfall. The business still decides to open.

VULNERABLE. Taal Volcano eruption as seen from Sky Ranch, Tagaytay City. Photo by Zark Del Mundo

House aims to OK bills creating 3 new departments by March

Jan 19, 2020 - 11:49 AM

Lawmakers want to create new government departments focused on overseas Filipino workers, water resources, and disaster resilience

PRIORITY BILLS. The House of Representatives will focus on 3 bills creating new departments once session reopens on January 20, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Group urges public to donate usable clothes to evacuees

Jan 18, 2020 - 11:24 PM

'Let us treat the survivors with dignity,' says the Citizens' Disaster Response Center after photos of evacuees wearing donated school and work uniforms make the rounds on social media

DONATED CLOTHES. Survivors of Taal Volcano eruption flaunt the school uniforms and working attires from donated clothes received. Photos from Racheal Zuñiga Maestro, Judiel Balani, Harlem Dave Ganados and Philip Mangubat

Eager to help, Filipinos crowdsource info to aid victims of Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:00 AM

A number of Filipinos focus their attention on making sense of information and updates on social media to aid and guide relief efforts

TEMPORARY SHELTER. Hundreds of evacuees from Taal Volcano's unrest settle at a tent camp in Alfonso, Cavite. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

What other LGUs can learn from Albay's Mayon response plan

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:51 PM

The association of disaster responders from the towns and cities of Albay province has come up with a list of local governments' daily priorities for 4 months following a volcanic eruption

Sacrifice tech, not people, to solve problems

Jan 16, 2020 - 8:20 PM

Technology should be the first responder, and sometimes the sacrificial part, that provides society with the means to get through disasters with as few casualties as possible

[OPINYON] Trahedya dahil sa isang terminong hindi nauunawaan ng lahat

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Hindi namimili ang salitang 'trahedya,' at hindi rin dapat namimili ang salitang 'kaligtasan'

SM distributes kalinga relief packs to Taal volcano victims in Batangas

Jan 15, 2020 - 1:32 PM

Over 6,500 relief packs are expected to be dispatched to various evacuation areas

Calabarzon residents have no management plan for volcanic eruptions – survey

Jan 15, 2020 - 9:00 AM

On a national average, 99.80% of households surveyed across the Philippines also have no disaster management plan specific for volcanic eruption

Photo courtesy of the Philippine Air Force

How groups are saving stranded animals near Taal Volcano

Jan 14, 2020 - 5:14 PM

Help dogs, cows, and other livestock in areas near the Taal Volcano that have been left behind by their owners, who evacuated in the wake of the volcanic eruption

Photos from Philippine Animal Welfare Society and Gio Senario

[OPINION] Planning and preparation: Unglamorous, yet most critical, in disasters

Jan 14, 2020 - 1:21 PM

'The continued presence of residents right on the active volcano over the years is the most illustrative manifestation of the state of our disaster preparedness as far as Taal is concerned'

Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills 6 in China

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:53 AM

Several people disappear into the sinkhole as it spreads, including what appears to be a child

ACCIDENT. On January 13, 2020, an enormous sinkhole swallowed passers-by and a public bus in northwest China. (Photo by STR/AFP)