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Volunteers rush to rescue in aftermath of Mexico earthquake

Sep 21, 2017 - 4:18 PM

Businessmen in ties, students in jeans, doctors in scrubs and other ordinary people from all walks of life have joined professional rescue teams in Mexico City

HELPING HAND. Volunteers clean the debris from damaged houses in Jojutla de Juarez on September 20, 2017 a day after a strong quake hit central Mexico. Enrique Castro Sanchez/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 21, 2017

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:09 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Thursday.

Rescuers in grim search for survivors of Mexico quake

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:08 AM

(UPDATED) The death toll stands at 233, and President Enrique Peña Nieto warning the figure would likely rise

SEARCH SITE. This aerial view shows rescuers, firefighters, policemen, soldiers and volunteers searching for survivors in a flattened building in Mexico City on September 20, 2017 a day after a strong quake hit central Mexico. Mario Vasquez/AFP

Desperate parents, missing children at quake-hit Mexico City school

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:58 AM

Armed with picks, shovels and even their bare hands, the crew works through the night in their desperate search for survivors in a collapsed elementary school

FLATTENED. Mexican rescue teams look for people trapped in the rubble at the Enrique Rebsamen elementary school in Mexico City on September 20, 2017. Mario Vasquez/AFP

'Storm of the century' Maria pummels Puerto Rico

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:44 AM

After killing at least 9 people in the Caribbean, Maria slams into Puerto Rico's southeast coast at daybreak before churning across the US territory which is home to 3.4 million

STREWN AROUND. Lightposts lay on the ground after being damaged in the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017. Hector Retamal/AFP

5 dead as trailer truck crushes van in Nasugbu

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The retrieval operation takes 15 hours as rescuers had to use machines to lift the truck, which landed onto the van as they plunged into a ravine

CRASH. A trailer truck rams a van in Nasugbu, Batangas on September 19, 2017. All photos from Richard Gordon (@DickGordonDG) Twitter page

Scramble for survivors as quake flattens Mexico City buildings

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:54 AM

In a scene reproduced in streets across the city center, dozens of people scrambled with bare hands to remove rubble from atop a concertinaed building as they waited for specialized machinery to arrive

SCRAMBLE FOR SURVIVORS. Rescuers, firefighters, policemen, soldiers and volunteers remove rubble and debris from a flattened building in search of survivors after a powerful quake in Mexico City on September 19, 2017. Yuri Cortez/AFP

'Potentially catastrophic' Hurricane Maria eyes Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:35 AM

Arriving just as islanders in the region are struggling to recover from devastating Hurricane Irma which struck earlier this month, Maria claimed its first victim in the French territory of Guadeloupe

INITIAL SALVO. Tourists flee from the rain on a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 19, 2017, prior to the arrival of Hurricane Maria. Hector Retamal/AFP

21 children among more than 200 dead in powerful Mexico quake

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:00 AM

(5th UPDATE) Rescue crews and volunteers in Mexico City – home to 20 million people – claw through the rubble of at least 49 collapsed buildings looking for survivors and bodies

RUBBLE. Rescuers work on the rubble from a building knocked down by a powerful quake in Mexico City on September 19, 2017. Pedro Pardo/AFP

Hurricane Maria wreaks devastation in Dominica

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:59 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit appeals for 'help of all kinds' but notes specifically that helicopters will be needed so that authorities can survey the damage

NDRRMC postpones nationwide earthquake drill

Sep 19, 2017 - 10:19 AM

The NDRRMC calls off the disaster preparedness activity after President Rodrigo Duterte suspends government work and classes on September 21

EARTHQUAKE DRILL. In this file photo, a worker activates the siren as employees cover their heads as they run for safety during the Natiowide Earthewuake Drill, at the Quezon City Hall grounds in Quezon City, March 31, 2017. The drill aims to increase effort in public awareness of the ever-looming possibility of strong earthquake. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

Category-5 Maria makes landfall in 'potentially catastrophic' hurricane

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:21 AM

(UPDATED) The maximum-strength storm made landfall on the Caribbean island of Dominica around 0115 GMT Tuesday with top winds swirling at 160 miles (257 kilometres) per hour, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) says

BRACING FOR MARIA. A man and a boy nail a board over a window on September 18, 2017, in Trois-Rivieres, on the Fench Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, as Hurricane Maria approaches the Caribbean. Cedrick Isham Calvados/AFP

Hurricane Maria bears down on battered Caribbean

Sep 18, 2017 - 5:19 PM

(4th UPDATE) Maria could produce a 'dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves' that would raise water levels by 4 to 6 feet

Government sets 3rd nationwide earthquake drill on Sept 21

Sep 18, 2017 - 4:26 PM

On the same day, various activist groups are also expected to take the streets of Metro Manila to commemorate the declaration of martial law 45 years ago

DRILL. In this file photo, police and civilian employees evacuate from the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) headquarters as they participate in the nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill in Quezon City on March 31, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Hurricane Maria grows on Irma's path

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:54 AM

(UPDATED) Storm warnings and watches go up in many of the Caribbean islands still reeling from Irma's destructive passage

Hundreds of flights grounded as typhoon slams Japan

Sep 17, 2017 - 2:02 PM

Authorities have issued warnings of rainstorms, high seas, possible landslides and flooding across the southern half of the Japanese archipelago

Widespread destruction in central Vietnam after major typhoon

Sep 16, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Typhoon Doksuri destroys around 123,000 homes and tears down trees and power lines in 5 provinces

DEVASTATION. A motorcyclist rides past a raw of destroyed homes in Ky Anh town, in the central province of Ha Tinh, the day after Typhoon Doksuri makes a landfall to the country's central coast on September 16. Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Record rain as typhoon batters southern Japanese islands

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:31 PM

Authorities warn of landslides and high waves as Typhoon Talim batters the southern Okinawan island chain dumping the most rain seen over a 24 hour period in 50 years on the city of Miyako

Malaysia school fire kills 23 children and teachers

Sep 14, 2017 - 9:41 AM

7th UPDATE A fire tears through a religious school in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur

CHARRED. A Malaysian national flag flutters outside burnt windows of the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah religious school in Kuala Lumpur on September 14, 2017. Sadiq Asyraf/AFP

8 dead at Florida nursing home after Irma

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:20 AM

UPDATED The nursing home deaths brings the total number of storm related fatalities in Florida to 20 and illustrates the urgency of restoring electricity to millions of people across the southern state

MEDIA HUDDLE. City officials and medical staff address the media outside of a rehabilitation center in the city where patients were found dead September 13, 2017 in Hollywood, Florida. Angel Valentin/Getty Images/AFP

5 dead, 6 missing due to Tropical Storm Maring

Sep 13, 2017 - 3:00 PM

There are also 4 others injured due to Maring, says the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council

FLOODING. Tatalon residents in Quezon City wade the knee-deep water along Araneta Ave., brought by the sudden downpour of rain cause by Typhoon Maring on Tuesday. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DSWD conducts relief operations for people displaced by Maring

Sep 13, 2017 - 10:50 AM

The welfare department says at least 221 families or 924 persons were affected by the heavy downpour and flooding caused by Maring which hit Luzon as a tropical depression

#MARINGPH. Commuters and motorists brave the knee-deep flood due to heavy rains brought by TD Maring along Evacom in Las Piñas City on September 12, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Residents return to storm-ravaged Florida Keys

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:24 AM

European leaders visited the storm ravaged Caribbean meanwhile amid criticism over relief efforts

DECIMATED. Debris from trailer homes destroyed by Hurricane Irma litters the Seabreeze Trailer Park in Islamorada, in the Florida Keys, September 12, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Maring forces evacuations in Quezon, other parts of Luzon

Sep 12, 2017 - 5:21 PM

Evacuations are ongoing in flood and landslide prone areas in Quezon Rizal Batangas Laguna and Cavite

Commuters and motorists brave the knee-deep flood due to heavy rains brought by TD Maring along Evacom in Las Piñas City on September 12, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Millions without power in Florida in deadly Irma's wake

Sep 12, 2017 - 5:07 PM

UPDATED Most of the Sunshine State however appears to have dodged forecasts of catastrophic damage despite dire early warnings

POST-IRMA DOCUMENTATION. A woman photographs damage and boats brought onto land by Hurricane Irma at a marina in Miami, Florida, September 11, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

2 brothers dead in Taytay landslide

Sep 12, 2017 - 3:03 PM

A landslide buries the brothers home in Barangay Dolores in Taytay Rizal

Guide to Marikina River's alarm level system

Sep 12, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Marikina City has a 3 stage alarm level system for the Marikina River with corresponding actions to be taken per level

MARIKINA RIVER. In this file photo, a man watches the water level along Marikina river. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler.

'Devastation' in Florida Keys as storm Irma weakens

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:46 AM

UPDATED Across the Caribbean hard hit residents struggle to get back on their feet as Britain France the Netherlands and the United States ramp up relief efforts for their overseas territories

POST-IRMA. A man looks at damaged boats brought onto land by Hurricane Irma at a marina in Miami, Florida, September 11, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

LGUs told to prepare for Typhoon Talim, low pressure area

Sep 11, 2017 - 3:50 PM

Residents in areas likely to be affected are advised to take the necessary precautionary measures and are alerted against possible flooding and landslides

PREPAREDNESS. NDRRMC conducts a pre-disaster risk assessment meeting in preparation for Typhoon Talim and the low pressure area located 400 kilometers east of Quezon. Photo from NDRRMC

Irma weakens but continues to batter Florida

Sep 11, 2017 - 2:52 PM

Irma is projected to become a tropical storm as it moves into northern Florida or southern Georgia

ASHORE. A boat is washed on shore at the Watson Island marina as Hurricane Irma passed through the area on September 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Mourners sob, sift wreckage of huge Mexico earthquake

Sep 11, 2017 - 9:35 AM

UPDATED The federal government says it confirmed a report that 25 more people had been found dead in Oaxaca bringing the overall toll to 90

SEARCHING. Soldiers with specially trained dogs search for survivors amid the ruins of buildings knocked down Thursday night by a 8.1-magnitude quake, in Juchitan de Zaragoza, Mexico, on September 9, 2017. Pedro Pardo/AFP

British Virgin Islands premier pleads for long-term UK help post-Irma

Sep 11, 2017 - 9:32 AM

We are a resilient people but this has shaken us to our core

A handout picture released by the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) on September 10, 2017 shows destruction in Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands left by Hurricane Irma on September 10, 2017. LPhoto Joel Rouse / British Ministry of Defense / Crown Copyright / AFP

Hurricane Irma lashes Florida

Sep 11, 2017 - 6:41 AM

UPDATED Irma is threatening dangerous storm surges of up to 15 feet 4 5 meters enough to cover a house as it collides with Florida after sowing devastation through the Caribbean

PUMMELED. Palm trees blow in the wind as Hurricane Irma arrives into southwest Florida on September 10, 2017 in Fort Myers, Florida. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Kids try out 'Master of Disaster' board game

Sep 10, 2017 - 10:51 AM

The Master of Disaster board game aims to teach kids at an early age about preparedness and response should a disaster strike

MASTER OF DISASTER. Kids at the Batang Emergency Response Team (BERT) camp at the CAMANAVA Science and Technology Fair play the "Master of Disaster" board game. Photo by ASSIST

Hurricane Jose: Top alert for St Martin, St Barts

Sep 10, 2017 - 7:33 AM

France s meteorological agency issues its highest warning for the Caribbean islands of St Martin and St Barts as Hurricane Jose bears down 3 days after Hurricane Irma

Fierce Hurricane Irma slams into Florida Keys

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:28 AM

6th UPDATE Irma s roaring winds rip boats from their moorings flatten palm trees and tear down power lines

RISKY BEHAVIOR. James Sampero surfs in the churning ocean as Hurricane Irma approaches on September 9, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. Florida is in the path of the Hurricane which may come ashore at category 4. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Looting, bad weather hamper Caribbean aid efforts

Sep 09, 2017 - 10:01 AM

Officials on the island of Guadeloupe where French aid efforts are being coordinated have suspended boat crossings to the hardest hit territories of St Martin and St Barts

AFTERMATH. A soldier of the French Gendarmerie chases looters as the run past the devastation from hurricane Irma, on the French island of Saint-Martin, near Marigot on September 8, 2017. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Race to rescue survivors from ruins of Mexico earthquake

Sep 09, 2017 - 8:25 AM

UPDATED Meanwhile Hurricane Katia has made landfall in the country s east packing rains likely to cause life threatening flash floods and mudslides especially in areas of mountainous terrain

RESCUE. Mexican Navy members walk amid debris of the Town Hall building which partially collapsed following an 8.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico's Pacific coast, in Juchitan de Zaragoza, state of Oaxaca on September 8, 2017. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Jose an 'extremely dangerous' Category Four hurricane – monitors

Sep 08, 2017 - 10:59 PM

UPDATED The extremely dangerous storm is located in the Atlantic Ocean 415 miles

Mass exodus in Florida as Hurricane Irma closes in

Sep 08, 2017 - 10:55 PM

UPDATED Warning that Irma would be worse than Hurricane Andrew which killed 65 people in 1992 Florida s governor says all of the state s 20 6 million inhabitants should be prepared to evacuate

CALM BEFORE THE STORM. A nearly-deserted beach after residents and visitors evacuated from Miami Beach, Florida, September 7, 2017, ahead of Hurricane Irma.  Saul Loeb/AFP

Toll in Mexico earthquake rises to at least 32

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:12 PM

7th UPDATE It is the strongest to hit quake prone Mexico at least since 1985 when an 8 1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City killed more than 10 000 people

SHAKEN. View of a street at the eastern area of Mexico City after a 8,2 earthquake on September 8, 2017. Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Irma's deadly passage batters Caribbean, at least 12 dead

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Barreling across the Caribbean the rare Category Five Irma wielded monster winds and torrential rain wreaking destruction on tiny islands like St Martin before slamming into the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

DEVASTATED. A photo taken on September 7, 2017 shows damage in Orient Bay on the French Carribean island of Saint-Martin, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP

Hurricane Jose strengthens, but set to bypass land – weather service

Sep 07, 2017 - 9:54 PM

Hurricane Jose a Category 1 storm packing winds of about 135 kilometers per hour 85 miles per hour is approaching the Caribbean hot on the heels of Irma but will likely bypass land

Hurricane Irma shatters multiple records

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:01 PM

UPDATED The Category Five super storm has generated winds averaging 295 kilometers per hour 183 miles per hour for more than 33 hours longer than any cyclone of comparable power ever recorded

Hurricane Irma damage has left Dutch St Martin 'unreachable' – PM

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:15 PM

UPDATED The hurricane has devastated the island s airport and port leaving the Dutch part of the Caribbean island unreachable Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says

DESTROYED. An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Gerben Van Es / Dutch Defense Ministry / AFP

9 dead as Hurricane Irma rips through Caribbean

Sep 07, 2017 - 9:22 AM

UPDATED St Martin – a pristine resort known for its vibrant nightlife – suffered the full fury of the storm with rescuers on the French side of the island saying at least 8 people had died there

DECIMATED. A picture released by Facebook user Kevin Barralon on September 7, 2017 shows a damaged street of Gustavia on the French overseas collectivity of Saint-Barthelemy in the Caribbean following hurricane Irma. Kevin Barrallon / Facebook / AFP

'Devastation' as Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:17 AM

UPDATED Irma follows a projected path that would see it hit Puerto Rico the northern edges of the Dominican Republic and Haiti and eastern Cuba before veering north for Florida

DFA warns 153,000 Filipinos in the path of Hurricane Irma

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano advises affected Filipinos in the US to take the necessary precautions to ensure their safety

PREPARING FOR IRMA. Costco runs out of water as people shop to prepare for Hurricane Irma on September 5, 2017 in North Miami. Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/AFP

Monster Hurricane Irma makes landfall on Barbuda in Caribbean

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:02 PM

UPDATED The eye of the rare Category Five storm passed over Barbuda around 2 am 0600 GMT packing winds gusting at up to 185 mph 295 kph the NHC says

Irma is 'extremely dangerous' Category Five hurricane – NHC

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:37 AM

Irma is expected to make landfall along the string of French islands that includes Guadeloupe late Tuesday before heading to Haiti and Florida