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Sri Lanka extends emergency a month after suicide bombings

May 22, 2019 - 10:21 PM

Sri Lanka's president issues a proclamation saying that the emergency will continue for another 30 days, citing 'public security'

SECURITY. In this file photo, Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019.  File photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Senior citizens, PWDs vote in accessible polling places

May 13, 2019 - 2:02 PM

Emergency Accessible Polling Place makes the voting process more accessible and easier for PWDs, senior citizens, and heavily pregnant women

The elderly take advantage of the EAPP or the Emergency Acessible Polling Place, a special voting area for senior citizens and PWDs, at the Don A Roces Science HS in Quezon City on election day, May 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.S. lawmakers challenge Pentagon diversion of $1 billion for border wall

Mar 27, 2019 - 10:36 AM

Less than one day after acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan authorizes moving the funds from existing Defense Department projects to border construction, the US House Armed Services Committee says it is not permitted

Picture of a section of the US-Mexico border fence seen from Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on February 5, 2019. - United States President Donald Trump, is expected to talk on border security tonight during his State of the Union. (Photo by GUILLERMO ARIAS / AFP)

Trump signs first veto to secure funding for border wall

Mar 16, 2019 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) The US President overrides the Congress' decision to terminate his declaration of an emergency at the Mexican border

US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP)

Senate rebukes Trump on border emergency; U.S. president vows veto

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:13 PM

Donald Trump's terse response: 'VETO!' he tweets after a dozen Republicans joined Democrats in voting down the emergency, declared as a way to secure alternative funding for the border wall denied to him by Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) talks to reporters after the Senate voted to overturn the President's national emergency border declaration, at the U.S. Capitol on March 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. 12 Republicans joined Democrats in voting against President Trumps emergency declaration. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP  MARK WILSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Sudan parliament shortens state of emergency to 6 months

Mar 11, 2019 - 11:48 PM

'A six-month state of emergency has been approved by a majority,' the speaker of parliament Ibrahim Ahmed Omer says after lawmakers voted on the decree issued by President Omar al-Bashir

U.S. House strikes down Trump's border emergency

Feb 27, 2019 - 8:42 AM

US President Donald Trump's emergency declaration now goes to the Republican-held Senate

US President Donald Trump arrives to deliver the State of the Union address, alongside Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence,at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP)

Trump aide predicts 'hundreds of miles' of border wall by 2020

Feb 18, 2019 - 10:35 AM

'You're looking at hundreds of miles,' says Trump aide Stephen Miller , 'probably a couple hundred miles' by September 2020, two months before the US election

Picture of a section of the US-Mexico border fence seen from Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on February 5, 2019. - United States President Donald Trump, is expected to talk on border security tonight during his State of the Union. (Photo by GUILLERMO ARIAS / AFP)

Trump to avert shutdown, declare 'emergency' to fund border wall

Feb 15, 2019 - 7:09 AM

Top US Senate Republican Mitch McConnell says he spoke by phone with Trump, who 'indicated he's prepared to sign the bill. He will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time'

EMERGENCY. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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

13 dead in Burkina Faso after suspected jihadist attack

Jan 02, 2019 - 11:45 PM

7 Fulani herders are lynched and their homes burned down by attackers on motorbikes

Locator map of Burkina Faso

1 soldier killed, another wounded in NPA ambush in Northern Samar

Nov 29, 2018 - 11:04 PM

NPA rebels attack two soldiers buying food in a market

AMBUSHED. Photo courtesy of DPAO, 8ID Photo courtesy of DPAO, 8ID

[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

2019 local bets urged to prioritize child protection in disasters

Oct 13, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Save the Children Philippines calls on candidates in the local elections next year to support the implementation of the Children's Emergency Relief and Protection Act of 2016

989 individuals from different barangays take refuge at the Lazaro Fransisco Elementary School, in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, on September 16, 2018, after rains due to Typhoon Ompong flooded their communities. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

1 dead as monstrous Hurricane Michael tears into Florida

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:10 AM

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long says Michael is the most intense hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle since 1851

AFTER MICHAEL. Damaged buildings and a flooded street are seen after Hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Diosdado Valeroso appointed 911 national office executive director

Sep 17, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Valeroso, a retired police official and former coup plotter, will help implement the 911 emergency hotline center under the Department of the Interior and Local Government

Trump rejects Puerto Rico storm toll of 3,000 as Democrat plot

Sep 13, 2018 - 9:32 PM

(UPDATED) Trump says the reported death toll of 3,000 was 'done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible'

TRUMP IN PUERTO RICO. This file photo taken on October 3, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visiting residents affected by Hurricane in Guaynabo, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

NAIA Consortium gains original proponent status for P102-B airport rehab

Sep 13, 2018 - 6:02 PM

The proposal to rehabilitate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is now up for the approval of the National Economic and Development Authority Board

REHAB. NAIA Consortium has been awarded the "original proponent status" by the government for the rehabilitation of the country's main gateway. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Hurricane Florence closes in on U.S. east coast

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:48 PM

(UPDATED) Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but the National Hurricane Center stresses it remains 'a life-threatening situation' due to the risks of storm surge around coastal areas

BOARDED UP. A sign is seen on a boarded up vacation rentals office near Wrightsville beach, North Carolina on September 12, 2018. Photo by Andrew Caballeron Reynolds/AFP

Residents told to 'get out now' as Florence takes aim at Carolinas

Sep 12, 2018 - 9:11 AM

(UPDATED) 'This is not a storm that people need to ride out. This is a storm that is historic, maybe once in a lifetime,' says North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

HURRICANE FLORENCE. A mandatory evacuation is in effect in preparation of the approaching Hurricane Florence, on September 11, 2018 in Topsail Beach, North Carolina. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Tropical Storm Lane causes 'severe' flooding in Hawaii

Aug 25, 2018 - 2:14 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Slow-moving Lane 'will produce excessive rainfall this weekend, which could lead to additional flash flooding and landslides,' says the Central Pacific Hurricane Center

Trump declares emergency as Hawaii braces for hurricane

Aug 23, 2018 - 11:43 PM

(UPDATED) Hurricane Lane remains a powerful hurricane, packing winds in excess of 130 miles per hour, although it has been downgraded to category 3

PREPPING FOR HURRICANE LANE. Donovan Poniatowski, with Hawaiian Dredging keeps look out as plywood boards are hauled to the top of the Koa Building to cover openings and protect the structure from the approaching rains from Hurricane Lane on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Kat Wade/Getty Images/AFP

After two-year purge, Turkey to end state of emergency

Jul 18, 2018 - 2:38 PM

But the opposition is angered by the government's submission of new legislation to parliament that apparently seeks to formalize some of the harshest aspects of the emergency

COUP ANNIVERSARY. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech at a ceremony site on "July 15 Martyrs Bridge" (Bosphorus Bridge) in Istanbul on July 15, 2018. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Here's how to build your own emergency kit

Jul 13, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Do you have enough supplies to last if a disaster strikes?

Thou shall not kill? Why Christians support a deadly drug campaign

Jun 25, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Sociologist Jayeel Cornelio says some Christians see President Rodrigo Duterte as a God-sent figure to bring justice to the Philippines – even if this means deaths

DIVINE LEADER? President Rodrigo Duterte is seen by some Christians as chosen by God. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Stop assuming all drug users are addicts – Ateneo professor

Jun 25, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Ateneo psychology professor Regina Hechanova says the stigma erodes law enforcement and rehabilitation programs

DISTINCTION NEEDED. Psychology professor Regina Hechanova speaks at the Ateneo de Manila University. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

World's highest ER battles to save lives on Everest

Jun 01, 2018 - 1:53 PM

The doctors staffing the sole emergency room on the roof of the world battle high altitude, freezing conditions, and violent weather every climbing season to save the lives of sick and injured mountaineers

FOR EMERGENCIES. This picture taken on April 24, 2018 shows patients waiting to see a doctor at the Everest ER tent clinic at Everest Base Camp, some 140km northeast of Kathmandu. File photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Duterte sets 911 as new national emergency hotline

Jun 01, 2018 - 1:08 PM

Executive Order 56 creates a National Call Center to be supervised by the Department of the Interior and Local Government

NGO-led crowdfunding app seeks to aid in disaster response

May 16, 2018 - 1:42 PM

SAFER, the country's first locally-led crowdfunding app, provides quick relief and response to disasters and emergencies

Emergency funds for electric coops ready for Duterte's signature into law

Mar 26, 2018 - 12:50 PM

If the bill is signed into law, electric cooperatives would no longer have to pass on costs of infrastructure damaged by natural calamities to their consumers

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperative (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Albay officials order decampment of over 54,000 Mayon evacuees

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:38 PM

The Albay Public Safety Emergency Management Office orders the total decampment of Mayon evacuees from the cities of Legazpi and Ligao, and the municipalities of Sto Domingo and Bacacay

MAYON. Ed Laguerta, Phivolcs' resident volcanologist chief in Bicol, announces lowering of Mayon volcano's status from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday, March 6, during a press briefing at the Apsemo hall. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

Quake-hit PNG struggles to assess damage

Feb 28, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Papua New Guinea struggled to assess the damage from a massive earthquake which has forced oil and gas fields to close in a blow to the economy

MAJOR DAMAGE. This photo taken on February 27, 2018 and received on February 28 shows damage to a road near Mendi in Papua New Guinea's highlands region after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake. Melvin Levongo/AFP

Final bodies removed from rubble of Taiwan quake

Feb 26, 2018 - 11:31 AM

The Chinese couple from Beijing who were on a sightseeing trip have already been named among the 17 dead after a 6.4-magnitude quake toppled buildings in the coastal town of Hualien

CAUTION. A general view shows the Yun Tsui building (back C) leaning to one side after an overnight earthquake in the Taiwanese city of Hualien on February 7, 2018. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Iran teams find wreckage of plane in Zagros mountains – spokesman

Feb 20, 2018 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) Gov't spokesperson: 'The Revolutionary Guards' helicopters this morning found the wreckage of the plane on Dena mountain'

AERIAL SURVEY. A handout picture released on February 19, 2018 by the Tasnim news agency shows members of a rescue team helicopter searching for the wreckage of Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 in Iran's Zagros mountain range. Tasnim News/Handout/AFP

DOTr to review P350-billion NAIA rehabilitation proposal

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:05 PM

The Department of Transportation expects to finish its evaluation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport proposal by top conglomerates in April

REHABILITATION. Passenger traffic to NAIA is expected to continue to grow significantly over the coming years and the existing runway configuration may be unable to accommodate the future flows. Photo By Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ethiopia emergency to last 6 months

Feb 17, 2018 - 11:55 PM

It caps a tumultuous week that saw Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resign, a strike in the country's largest region, and a massive prisoner amnesty

Aid reaches cyclone-hit Tonga as storm passes Fiji

Feb 14, 2018 - 9:55 AM

International aid begins trickling in to areas of Tonga devastated by Cyclone Gita, as Fiji escapes the worst of the storm's fury

DESTROYED. This handout photo taken and received from John Pulu from Tagata Pasifika on February 13, 2018 shows flooding and damage in Tonga's capital of Nuku'alofa after Cyclone Gita hit the country. John Pulu / Tagata Pasifika/AFP

Rappler journalist is Asia Foundation Development Fellow

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Southeast Asia correspondent Natashya Gutierrez is one of 12 who are chosen for the '2018 Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future' program

4 dead as Basyang triggers landslide in Surigao del Sur

Feb 13, 2018 - 2:23 PM

The heavy rain triggers landslides that hit mountain villages outside the mining town of Carrascal, Surigao del Sur

'Super consortium' formalizes P350-billion NAIA rehab proposal

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The consortium's members are Aboitiz InfraCapital, AC Infrastructure, Alliance Global, Asia's Emerging Dragon, Filinvest, JG Summit, and Metro Pacific

REHABILITATING NAIA. The consortium teams up with Singapore's Changi Airports International Private Limited to provide technical support in the areas of master planning, operations optimization, and commercial development. Image from Aboitiz Corporate Communications

DOLE allots P60M for emergency employment of Mayon evacuees

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:58 PM

The assistance will be distributed to 10,000 evacuees from 3 cities and 6 municipalities, says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

TURNOVER. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on February 8, 2018, hands over the salaries of Mayon evacuees who are beneficiaries of the government's emergency employment program. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

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

Rescuers brave aftershocks as Taiwan earthquake toll rises to 9

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The major focus for emergency responders remains the 12-story Yun Tsui apartment block where the majority of the deaths occurred and dozens are still missing

FOCUS OF RESCUES. A general view shows the Yun Tsui building (back center) leaning to one side after an overnight earthquake in the Taiwanese city of Hualien on February 7, 2018. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Damage to agriculture due to Mayon now at P185 million

Feb 07, 2018 - 11:58 PM

The cost of damage to crops is now at P185,281,979. This is up from P94 million last January 26.

Oozing molten volcanic debris cascades over the various gullies of iconic Mount Mayon on February 5, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Rescuers scour toppled buildings after Taiwan earthquake kills 7

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:28 AM

(UPDATED) Authorities say they could not verify how many residents are still missing after the 6.4-magnitude quake which hit the eastern port city of Hualien

DANGER ZONE. Rescue workers block off the area to search for survivors outside a building which tilted to one side after its foundation collapsed in Hualien after a strong 6.4-magnitude quake rocked eastern Taiwan early on February 7, 2018. Paul Yang/AFP

Two dead, over 200 injured in Taiwan quake

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:20 AM

(UPDATED) A hotel and an apartment block were the worst hit by the quake in the port city of Hualien, according to the national fire agency

MARSHAL HOTEL COLLAPSE. Rescue workers search through rubble outside the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early February 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island. Photo by AFP

6.1 magnitude earthquake rattles northern Afghanistan – USGS

Jan 31, 2018 - 4:18 PM

(UPDATED) The quake hit at 0707 GMT near Afghanistan's northern border with Tajikistan in the Hindu Kush mountains at a depth of 191 kilometers (119 miles), the US Geological Survey says

Hawaii fires warning officer who sent missile alert

Jan 31, 2018 - 7:40 AM

A state investigative report says that the fired employee has been a 'source of concern' for 10 years because of his 'poor performance'

CALM. A morning view of the city of Honolulu, Hawaii is seen on January 13, 2018, the day the false missile alert was sent. Eugene Tanner/AFP

DSWD waives conditions for release of 4Ps fund to Mayon victims

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:19 PM

Families staying in the 76 evacuation centers in Albay will also get temporary employment

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mudflow threat builds with more lava, debris from Mayon

Jan 30, 2018 - 12:53 PM

The threat of catastrophic mudflows is building on the slopes of Mayon, where nearly 90,000 residents have been moved out of harm's way

POSSIBLE MUDFLOW CHANNEL. A shallow river is seen with the Mayon volcano in the background in Sto Domingo, Albay, January 30, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler