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Death toll in wildfires in Greece rises to 91

Jul 30, 2018 - 9:07 AM

Another 25 remain missing, says a spokeswoman, giving a precise figure for the first time after mounting criticism over the issue

BURNED. A photo shows a burnt house following a wildfire at the village of Neos Voutzas, near Athens, on July 26, 2018. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

French soldiers arrive in Sweden to fight wildfires

Jul 23, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Firefighters are battling around 50 wildfires after an unprecedented drought in the region and soaring temperatures, which have reached the highest in a century

FIRE FIGHTERS. Stephane Nissle and the rest of the French civil protection service arrive at Arlanda airport, north of Stockholm on July 23, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Sweden farmers feeling burden of historic drought

Jul 20, 2018 - 12:18 PM

A large part of Sweden, as well as Denmark, southern Norway and northern Finland, is currently experiencing a period of extreme heat which, according to weather forecasts, is unlikely to end soon

DRY SWEDEN. A picture taken on July 16, 2018 shows a cattle taking shelter from the sun under a tree in Malmkoping, Central Sweden. Photo by Maja Suslin/TT News Agency/AFP

South Africa lifts state of disaster over drought

Jun 13, 2018 - 9:20 PM

The drought, which hit Cape Town hard, is easing due to significant rainfall, but people are asked to conserve water due to the 'uncertainty of rainfall'

DROUGHT. An nearly water empty dam is pictured on a farm in Piket Bo-berg, Piketberg, north of Cape Town, on March 7, 2018 as a result of a three-year-long drought. Photo by Wikus De Wet/AFP

As Cape Town drought bites, what is 'Day Zero'?

Feb 08, 2018 - 11:33 AM

South Africa's second city is now facing the prospect of having to turn the taps off under a so-called 'Day Zero' scenario to conserve the city's remaining water supplies

DRIED UP. This file photo taken on May 10, 2017 shows bare sand and dried tree trunks standing out at Theewaterskloof Dam, which has less than 20 percent of its water capacity, near Villiersdorp, about 108km from Cape Town. Rodger Bosch/AFP

10 killed in latest Kenya drought clash

Mar 20, 2017 - 3:31 PM

Drought hit Kenya has seen rural communities fighting over pasture to graze their animals

KENYAN GRASSLAND. A photo made on January 24, 2017 shows a family of elephant frolicking close to a dam at the Loisaba wildlife conservancy in northern Laikpia, Kenya. Tony Karumba/AFP

Cubs, Indians will go the distance to end droughts

Nov 02, 2016 - 2:38 PM

One set of long suffering supporters will finally celebrate the end of epic misery while the other will endure yet another heartbreak and be left to wonder if their wait will ever be rewarded

GRAND SLAM. Addison Russell of the Chicago Cubs hits a grand slam home run during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game 6 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Ivory Coast cocoa farmers seek gold in face of drought

Sep 05, 2016 - 11:40 AM

Ivory Coast is the world s leading cocoa exporter but thousands of farmers there are now turning to unlicensed gold mines where they earn more

A gold-digger digs into a field seeking for gold in the village of Bore, next to the central town of Dimbokro on August 15, 2016, where cocoa fields have been turned into illegal gold mines. The prospect of wealth has brought diggers from neighbouring Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea to seek their fortunes in dozens of small mines scattered over a radius of more than 300 kilometres (185 miles) in the Nzi-Comoe region. / AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO

Isabela urged to declare state of calamity as crop damage hit P1B

Sep 01, 2016 - 11:54 AM

The damage may even increase as farmers have yet to harvest their crops says a provincial agriculturist

DSWD holds dialogue with Bukidnon farmers affected by El Niño

Jul 27, 2016 - 10:16 AM

The DSWD and the group of farmers sign a convenant to expedite the distribution of aid among El Niño affected farmers in Bukidnon

EL NIÑO. DWSD field office Region X signs agreement with Bukidnon farmers to expedite rice aid to El Ninño affected farmers. Photo from DSWD

UN names special envoys for El Niño and climate

May 21, 2016 - 12:15 PM

The new special envoys will be responsible for raising the profile and sounding the alarm says UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon

SPECIAL ENVOYS. Macharia Kamau (L) and Mary Robinson (R) are the United Nations' special envoys for El Niño and climate. Kamau photo by Miguel Medina/AFP; Robinson photo by Patrick Kovarik/AFP

PAGASA warns of possible La Niña by end of 2016

May 18, 2016 - 10:05 PM

The state weather bureau says there is a 50 chance that La Niña will develop in the last quarter of the year

Change is coming: The politics of El Niño

May 18, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Moving forward there are key things that the new government must act on bearing in mind the welfare of communities that have been suffering the most from inaction and incoherence

EL NIÑO. A farmer stands next to a stream in barangay Payong-Payong, Pigcawayan municipality, North Cotabato in February 2016. The drought has left this stream, the village's main source of water, nearly dried up. All photos from Oxfam

Top court orders disaster fund for drought-hit India

May 11, 2016 - 10:40 PM

An Indian Supreme Court justice lashes out at the government over its lack of preparedness

epa05268985 An Indian woman collects water from an almost dried up well at Chintamanivadi village, in Nasik district, some 108 kilometer from Mumbai, India, 20 April 2016. According to reports, 21 districts in Maharashtra are drought-affected. The drought, which has been ongoing for the past five months, prompted 11 states to declare a drought in 2015 and has now choked the growth of kharif (monsoon) crops, including sesame, millet and rice, for the second monsoon season in a row. EPA/DIVYAKANT SOLANKI

Canadians drive through burning city seeking safety

May 07, 2016 - 5:13 AM

Canadian police lead convoys of cars through the burning ghost town of Fort McMurray in a risky operation to get thousands of people to safety on the other side

A picture provided by Twitter user @jeromegarot on May 5, 2016 shows a wildfire raging through the town of Fort McMurray, Canada, May 3, 2016. Twitter/@Jeromegarot/EPA

Airlift for thousands trapped by Canada wildfires

May 06, 2016 - 10:15 AM

UPDATED Alberta has been left bone dry after a period of unusually scant rainfall and unseasonably high temperatures

SAFE. Tyra Abo sits on a cot at a makeshift evacuee center in Lac la Biche, Alberta on May 5, 2016, after fleeing forest fires north of Fort McMurray. Cole Burston/AFP

Severe drought forces Zimbabwe to sell off wildlife

May 04, 2016 - 9:25 PM

The country s national parks are burdened by growing numbers of species

A herd of elephants raise their trunks on their way to a watering pan supplied with water pumped from boreholes powered by more than 45 diesel-powered generators which run continuosly to ensure a steady supply of water for animals in the arid Hwange National Park on September 6, 2012. The action seems to be working, so far this year around 17 elephants have died in the area due to the extreme heat and lack of water which last year lost 77 elephants due to dehydration. Though the water maybe helping to increase the elephant population this has conversely led to the destruction of the environment. AFP PHOTO/Jekesai Njikizana. / AFP PHOTO / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA

EU announces additional 38 million euros in aid for Haiti

Apr 30, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The funding includes 12 2 million euros for food and drinking water to more than 400 000 Haitians

DROUGHT. A young girl carries water from a well to her house in a village called Pernier, 30 minute drive from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on February 17, 2016. According to the world food program 3.6 million Haitians face food insecurity after three consecutive years of drought. File photo by Bahare Khodabande/EPA

El Niño dries up Asia as its stormy sister La Niña looms

Apr 29, 2016 - 4:15 PM

The regional fever is expected to break by mid year but fears are growing that an equally forceful La Niña will follow

DROUGHT. A photo made available on April 1, 2016 shows Thai villagers walking on drought-parched land near the dried up Phayao Lake in Phayao province, northern Thailand, March 29, 2016. Thailand is facing a water shortage caused by the worst drought in decades, exacerbated by the El Nino weather phenomenon and combined with seasonal hot weather. File photo by Chaichan Chaimun/EPA

US primaries, Duterte and Joma Sison, El Niño | 12PM wRap

Apr 27, 2016 - 1:04 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Zak Yuson

Call for justice: Prevent a repeat of the Kidapawan bloodshed

Apr 26, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Now is the time to support each other fight for what is right and change society for the better

Duterte’s lead, Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, Prince | 6PM wRap

Apr 26, 2016 - 6:20 PM

Watch Rappler s 6PM newscast with Chay Hofileña

Kidapawan farmers file charges vs Aquino allies, police

Apr 26, 2016 - 12:02 AM

Our struggle for food land and justice is legitimate and we will pursue justice in every possible way one of the complainants vows

Farmers and their families file cases against officials over the Kidapawan dispersal.

Koronadal protesters victorious: 2,000 sacks of rice given to farmers

Apr 25, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Hundreds of hungry farmers end their protest victorious after the social welfare department decided to release 2 000 sacks of rice as government aid

Sacks of rice being distributed to protesting farmers in Koronadal City, April 25, 2016. Image courtesy Radyo Bida

Sumilao farmers march for Leni Robredo, hungry Kidapawan farmers

Apr 23, 2016 - 12:55 AM

On April 22 the farmers from Bukidnon reach Cebu their 8th stop on the journey to Manila

#EarthDay2016: What do the Earth's resources mean to you?

Apr 22, 2016 - 11:25 PM

Individuals and groups are working in their own ways to make EarthDay2016 meaningful and are challenging people everywhere to take action

Comelec rules, Kidapawan probe, Great Barrier Reef | 12PM wRap

Apr 21, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Chay Hofileña

India says 330 million people suffering from drought

Apr 20, 2016 - 9:40 PM

More are dying from heatstroke and families from remote villages walk long distances as they try to find water

epa05257485 Farmers from the different drought affected districts of Maharashtra resides at a temperory refugee camp in Mumbai, India, 13 April 2016. According to reports, 21 districts in Maharashtra are drought-affected. Hundreds of people are staying in a refugee camp in Mumbai, migrated from the drought affected area in Maharashtra. EPA/DIVYAKANT SOLANKI

El Niño damage in Cebu reaches P186M, so far

Apr 20, 2016 - 5:59 PM

The figure is based on the damage reports submitted by 22 out of 51 local government units

WATCH: Senate hearing on Kidapawan drought protest

Apr 20, 2016 - 2:51 PM

Watch the recording of the Senate hearing on the Kidapawan protest on Wednesday April 20

#PugadBaboy: El Niño

Apr 15, 2016 - 5:00 AM

Kidapawan and the rice riots

Apr 14, 2016 - 9:03 PM

Negotiations were cut short Riot police were unprepared and outnumbered Cops carried long arms This is the story behind the deadly protests in Kidapawan City

Field in Mindanao during the El Niño drought. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera / Rappler

#NoWater: Cebu homes run dry

Apr 14, 2016 - 8:52 PM

A state of calamity has been declared in both the city and province

Image courtesy Paulo Andrade / Rappler

Money raised for detained Kidapawan farmers, but no ID, no bail

Apr 14, 2016 - 7:20 PM

Human rights lawyer Gregorio Andolana tells MindaNews that barangay certifications would have sufficed as IDs but some officials in government demand other government issued valid ID

DISPERSAL. A farmer grimaces in pain after police dispersed a protest in Kidapawan City. Photo by Kilab Multimedia

Isabela vice mayor slain by unidentified armed group

Apr 14, 2016 - 11:36 AM

Vice Mayor Ronnie Lucas who is running for the same position in Jones town is killed on his way to a remote village to give cash assistance and relief goods to drought victims

Malawi, Mozambique issue drought alerts as crisis spreads

Apr 13, 2016 - 6:45 PM

UPDATED More people will need humanitarian relief assistance from 2016 to 2017 due to food shortages

A Malawian farmer works, 12 October 2005, on his land in Nsanje district several hundred Kms south of the main town Blantyre. Due to a severe drought that this year has hit Malawi, one of the poorest country in Africa, most of the land is dry and has not produced the expected quantity of maize. Aid agencies in Malawi are warning of a looming humanitarian crisis stemming from the double effect of drought that has cut output of maize, the staple food, by a quarter and AIDS. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

#BigasHindiBala: An outpouring of global support for drought protest

Apr 10, 2016 - 9:38 PM

Here s a roundup of protests held in various cities around the globe since the bloody Kidapawan dispersal on April 1

Graft charges, Myanmar prisoners, Mayweather Sr | 6PM wRap

Apr 08, 2016 - 6:55 PM

Watch Rappler’s 6PM newscast with Chay Hofileña

From Tacloban to Kidapawan: Blaming the victim

Apr 07, 2016 - 6:30 PM

In perilous times like these anger and a sense of urgency are virtues Anything less is a denial of justice

'I have no regrets' – Kidapawan mayor

Apr 07, 2016 - 8:52 AM

Joseph Evangelista says SWAT forces only reacted after they saw protestors mauling cops who had been caught in the melee If the police hadn’t used maximum tolerance they wouldn’t have been pinned down

I DID MY JOB. Kidapawan Mayor Joey Evangelista. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera / Rappler.com

The Standard poll, aid for Kidapawan, Panama Papers | 12PM wRap

Apr 06, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Maria Ressa

Kidapawan protester: I was shot by sniper on firetruck

Apr 06, 2016 - 8:25 AM

Roughly 1 500 protesters remain inside the UMC compound in Kidapawan Police manning checkpoints had been pulled out

SHOT. Arnel Takyawan on the bench that serves at his bed at the Kidapawan gymnasium. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera / Rappler.com

Kidapawan and why the Philippines is always short of rice

Apr 05, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Kidapawan is a failure of agriculture policy where the inability of the agriculture department and other parts of the government to come clean on El Niño resulted directly in lives being lost

ENDURING DROUGHT. Farmers demand assistance from the North Cotabato local government saying drought has crippled their farmlands. Photo from Kilab Multimedia Facebook page

DA: We did enough for drought-affected Soccsksargen farmers

Apr 04, 2016 - 4:55 PM

After the deadly Kidapawan farmers protest the department says it will give free seeds to affected farmers and will continue cloud seeding operations nationwide

ENDURING DROUGHT. Farmers demand assistance from the North Cotabato local government saying drought has crippled their farmlands. Photo from Kilab Multimedia Facebook page

Drought-hit Palau could dry up totally this month

Apr 04, 2016 - 3:54 PM

Gov t report: Based on the current water level and usage rates and assuming conditions persist unabated a total water outage is likely to occur in the next two to three weeks

An undated handout photo received on October 28, 2015, shows Palau's Rock Islands Matt Rand/The Pew Charitable Trusts/AFP

DILG chief: Who funded, organized Kidapawan protest?

Apr 04, 2016 - 12:44 PM

The interior secretary and national police chief insist dialogues were held prior to the dispersal and that the cops exercised maximum tolerance in Kidapawan

'MAXIMUM TOLERANCE'. File photo of DILG Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Kidapawan violence, One Cebu for Duterte, tax leak | 12PM wRap

Apr 04, 2016 - 12:02 PM

Watch Rappler s 12PM newscast with Maria Ressa

Between good and evil in Kidapawan

Apr 04, 2016 - 11:00 AM

It s time to hope that a sensible majority will stop making this about the elections and candidates and power blocs

CONDEMNATION. Activists stage a rally in front of the Department of Agriculture building in Quezon City to protest the violent dispersal of farmers in Kidapawan City. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

#BigasHindiBala: Online support for Kidapawan drought protest grows

Apr 03, 2016 - 10:15 PM

On Twitter the hashtag BigasHindiBala gets over 63 5 million impressions with posts calling for compassion and justice for the farmers

Parched fields force Thailand to look beyond rice

Apr 03, 2016 - 9:25 PM

Thailand one of the world s top rice exporters wants its farmers to try planting other crops amid a severe drought

This picture taken on March 23, 2016 shows a farmer walking at his drought-hit rice field in Nonthaburi province outside Bangkok.  Thailand has long served as one of the globe's biggest rice bowls, but a growing water shortage is now pushing the country to move away from the grain that dominates its fields and has defined a way of life for generations. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / TO GO WITH STORY: Thailand-economy-agriculture-rice, FOCUS by Marion Thibault