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'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

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

Trump defends response to Puerto Rico hurricane disaster

Sep 27, 2017 - 8:01 AM

Rejecting accusations Puerto Rico has not received the same level of assistance as storm-hit US states Florida and Texas, Trump says a 'massive relief effort is underway'

TRYING TO LEAVE. 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

Bangladesh eases charity access to Rohingya, seeks $250-M for aid

Sep 26, 2017 - 6:56 PM

The government NGO Affairs Bureau clears 30 local and international groups to meet 'emergency needs' in camps and says more will follow

RELIEF. Bangladeshi soldiers distribute rice to Rohingya refugees at the refugee camp of Balukhali near Gumdhum on September 25, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

Being human and humanitarian

Sep 16, 2017 - 10:50 PM

In a world that is not equal and is increasingly challenged by conflict, humanitarian workers face death defying missions and the highest levels of risks and threats to fight the battles that people cannot fight on their own

HUMANITARIAN AID. At a tent city in Pantar, Lanao del Norte. Photo by Diana Mendoza

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

Southern hospitality shines through storm Harvey

Aug 31, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Perfect strangers up and down the state have leapt off sofas to pluck people to safety make donations and volunteer help

HELPING HAND. An elderly man is helped into a garbage truck as he evacuates from the Walkers Mark Townhomes in Houston on August 30, 2017, as the fourth largest city in the US battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. Thomas B. Shea/AFP

Texas flood toll mounts amid chemical blast fears

Aug 31, 2017 - 6:59 AM

UPDATED So far officials believe at least 33 people to have been killed in the storm and there is little doubt the toll will rise further

TO SAFETY. Evacuees sit on a boat after being rescued from flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 30, 2017 in Port Arthur, Texas. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Athletes raise millions for Texas flood disaster

Aug 29, 2017 - 10:44 AM

UPDATED Millions have been raised across the US sports world for Harvey relief

After the battle: Mosul looks to rise from the ashes

Jul 19, 2017 - 11:04 AM

The chaotic mess caused by the conflict that devastated Mosul must be cleared away first before rebuilding starts

This file photo taken on March 26, 2017 shows Iraqis cleaning up the rubble of destroyed buildings in the Mosul's al-Jadida area. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Soldiers in Bicol raise funds for Marawi evacuees

Jul 09, 2017 - 1:04 AM

Members of the military in Bicol who spearheaded the donation drive thank Bicolanos for helping Marawi City

AID FOR MARAWI. Bicolano soldiers led by Capt Ronnie Madrinan of the Philippine Army's 9th Infantry Division stand in front of the trucks containing relief goods for Marawi evacuees. Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Up to 20,000 civilians trapped in ISIS-held areas of Mosul – UN

Jul 06, 2017 - 3:36 PM

UPDATED UN: Our estimate at this stage is that in the final pockets of the Old City there could be as many as 15 000 civilians possibly even as high as 20 000

ESCAPE. Iraqis rest on their way, while fleeing from the Old City of Mosul on July 5, 2017, during the Iraqi government forces' offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

When the Philippines opened its doors to Jewish refugees

Jun 24, 2017 - 2:31 PM

We would not be alive today if not for the Philippines says Lotte Hershfield one of the thousand Jews who came to the country during World War II

In Bicol, military spearheads relief drive for Marawi

Jun 20, 2017 - 11:00 AM

We might be sleeping soundly here but our brothers in Marawi City are in miserable condition Colonel Alden Juan Masagca commanding officer of the Army s 901st Infantry Brigade says in his appeal to Bicolanos

BICOL'S PRIDE. Army Col. Alden Juan Masagca, commanding officer of the Army’s 901st Infantry Brigade, says they're ready to send additional soldiers in Mindanao if needed. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

More solidarity with refugees needed as forced displacement rises

Jun 19, 2017 - 1:00 PM

One person is displaced every 3 seconds By the time you finish reading this sentence someone will have been displaced

VULNERABLE. Children, who make up half the world’s refugees, continue to bear a disproportionate burden of the suffering primarily because of their heightened vulnerability. Tragically, 75,000 asylum claims were received from children traveling alone or separated from their parents. Photo credit:UNHCR/I. Prickett

Daunting aid challenges as civilians flee Syria's Raqa

Jun 14, 2017 - 10:39 AM

A key problem is getting aid supplies to the relatively remote desert region in Syria s north with just a trickle of assistance currently crossing from neighboring Turkey and Iraq

ESCAPE. Displaced Syrians walk at a temporary camp in the northern Syrian village of Ain Issa on June 10, 2017, where many people who fled the Islamic State (ISIS) group stronghold of Raqa are taking shelter. Delil Souleiman/AFP

Over 55,000 people forced to flee homes in Marawi

May 28, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says it will provide assistance even to evacuees staying in their neighbors or relatives houses

Internally displaced persons passed thru a checkpoint in Iligan City on May 24, 2017, following armed clashes between the Maute group and government forces in Marawi City.

Sri Lanka steps up relief as monsoon toll exceeds 150

May 28, 2017 - 4:14 PM

UPDATED Heavy rains on Friday May 26 triggered the worst flooding and landslides in 14 years in the southern and western parts of the island

SLOWED DOWN BY WATER. This photo taken on May 27, 2017 shows Sri Lankan residents making their way through floodwaters in Kaduwela. Ishara S Kodikara/AFP

West Mosul fighting pushes over 28,000 Iraqis to flee

Mar 02, 2017 - 9:44 AM

West Mosul is the largest population centre still controlled by the Islamic State ISIS group and its recapture would mark the effective end of the cross border caliphate

An Iraqi woman walks down a road carrying a baby as families flee Mosul on February 28, 2017, during an offensive by security forces to retake the western parts of the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Aris Messinis/AFP

Film on Syria's White Helmets wins Oscar

Feb 27, 2017 - 12:45 PM

The Netflix produced film about rescuers who risk their lives to help save civilians caught in the country s devastating war called simply The White Helmets is directed by Orlando von Einsiedel

This file photo taken on November 20, 2016 shows Syrian civil defense volunteers, known as the White Helmets, helping a victim following a reported airstrikes on Aleppo's rebel-held district of al-Hamra. Thaer Mohammed/AFP

South Sudan suffering 'man-made' famine

Feb 20, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Nearly 5 million people are facing starvation and famine the government says

This file photo taken on October 11, 2016 shows a mother breastfeeding her child who suffers acute malnutrition at the clinic run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Aweil, northern Bahr al-Ghazal, South Sudan. Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

UN wants $3.5B to support Syrian refugees in Turkey

Feb 07, 2017 - 7:46 AM

The figure of 3 5 billion for the next two years is part of a 4 6 billion package the UN is seeking to help refugees including those hosted by Lebanon Jordan and Egypt

In this file photo, Syrian children stand behind a fence at a refugee camp in the Kilis district of Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey, on October 23, 2016. Ozan Kose/AFP

Thousands evacuated from Aleppo as UN eyes observers

Dec 19, 2016 - 8:37 AM

5th UPDATE Ahmad al Dbis who heads a team of doctors and volunteers coordinating evacuations says the evacuees were in a very bad state after waiting for more than 16 hours at a regime checkpoint without being allowed off the buses

A bus drives through the government-controlled crossing of Ramoussa, on the southern outskirts of Aleppo, on December 18, 2016, during an evacuation operation of rebel fighters and civilians from rebel-held areas. George Ourfalian/AFP

Syria crisis: UN Security Council to vote on Aleppo observers

Dec 18, 2016 - 10:08 AM

The UN Security Council is set to meet to vote on French proposals to dispatch monitors to oversee evacuations and report on the protection of civilians but faces resistance from veto wielding Russia

OBLITERATED. Syrians walk down a destroyed street in Aleppo's al-Akroub neighborhood on December 17, 2016. Youssef Karwashan/AFP

Canada looks to export its private refugee sponsorship model

Dec 15, 2016 - 9:14 AM

Immigration minister: It won t solve it It s a huge crisis but it could make a difference

In this file photo, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks to a Syrian refugee child upon arriving at Toronto's Pearson Airport, December 11, 2015. Photo courtesy Canadian Prime Minister's Office

Bigger DSWD warehouse now open to store relief goods

Nov 29, 2016 - 9:51 PM

The Australian government provides a P104 2 million grant to the DSWD for the building of the warehouse prepositioning of non food relief supplies and technical assistance

WAREHOUSE H. The new building can store 41,400 family packs, increasing the warehousing capacity of DSWD’s National Resource Operations Center by one third. Photo courtesy of DSWD

No end in sight to migrant carnage in Mediterranean

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:13 AM

Departures from Libya are continuing unabated despite worsening weather in the Mediterranean with over 3 200 people rescued from crowded and unseaworthy dinghies since November 12

Migrants and refugees wrapped in survival foil blankets rest aboard the Topaz Responder ship run by Maltese NGO Moas and the Italian Red Cross after a rescue operation of migrants and refugees on November 3, 2016, off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea. Andreas Solaro/AFP

Kenya suspends Dadaab refugee camp closure for 6 months

Nov 17, 2016 - 7:59 AM

The decision to push the deadline back to May 2017 comes just two weeks before the camp is scheduled to close amid mounting concern that Somali refugees are being forced to leave

An overview of the part of the eastern sector of the IFO-2 camp in the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp, north of the Kenyan capital Nairobi seen on April 28, 2015. Tony Karumba/AFP

100 feared dead in Mediterranean after migrant boat capsize

Nov 16, 2016 - 8:50 AM

The latest tragedy in the Mediterranean came the day after another incident in which it is feared dozens may have drowned after the sinking of another dinghy

A doctor from the Red Cross takes care of a migrant rescued at sea during the arrival of the Topaz Responder, a rescue ship run by Maltese NGO MOAS, in Vibo Valentia, Italy, November 7, 2016 following a rescue operation off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean sea. Andreas Solaro/AFP

Haiti storm victims, in makeshift camps, bemoan aid chaos

Oct 24, 2016 - 3:40 PM

I pay my taxes I contribute like everyone else I don t understand what is happening It makes me angry because it makes me question our humanity

A woman prepares food near her destroyed house in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in the commune of Roche-a-Bateaux, southwest Haiti, on October 18, 2016. Hector Retamal/AFP

Clashes, artillery fire hit Aleppo after truce expires

Oct 23, 2016 - 7:39 AM

Heavy clashes erupt between regime and rebel forces in Syria s divided city of Aleppo after a unilateral ceasefire announced by government ally Russia expires

In this photo, smoke rises from reported opposition fire from buildings in an eastern government-held neighborhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on October 20, 2016. George Ourfalian/AFP

#LawinPH: Road to recovery begins

Oct 22, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Typhoon Lawin left at least 9 dead and 3 missing with thousands more lives interrupted Now the process of rehabilitation and recovery begins

HARD ROAD AHEAD. A family gathers their belongings along a highway after their house was destroyed by super typhoon Haima, in San Pablo town, Isabela province, north of Manila on October 20, 2016. Photo credits: Ted Aljibe/AFP

#ReliefPH: Help victims of typhoon Lawin

Oct 20, 2016 - 11:08 AM

People affected by typhoon Lawin need your help and support This page shows how you can help

Battle for Mosul sparks fears of humanitarian crisis

Oct 17, 2016 - 11:19 AM

UPDATED Those who flee Mosul will likely be able to bring little or nothing with them meaning basic necessities such as food water shelter and clothing will have to be provided

A pro-government forces military vehicle bearing the Iraqi flag is seen in Iraq's eastern Salaheddin province, south of Hawijah, on October 10, 2016. Mahmoud al-Samarrai/AFP

UN chief to visit hurricane-hit Haiti as funding appeal falls short

Oct 14, 2016 - 9:26 AM

The United Nations has launched a flash appeal for 120 million to help Haiti cope with its worst humanitarian crisis since the 2010 earthquake but only 6 1 million has been raised so far

Staff members of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) work to load 25 trucks with relief materials destined for the western region of Haiti devastated by Hurricane Matthew, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, October 10, 2016. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Storm-hit Haiti gets first major food aid

Oct 13, 2016 - 9:20 AM

Supplies are still far short of what is needed by the thousands of starving people

US Marines loading over 12 tonnes of food items into helicopters to be sent in Jeremie, Haiti, October 8, 2016. Frederic Fath - UN/MINUSTAH

Haiti death toll hits 473 as survivors plead for aid

Oct 12, 2016 - 7:48 AM

Thousands of people in hard hit communities struggle to rebuild homes and access food and clean water

People walk along a street in downtown Jeremie, Haiti, October 6, 2016. Logan Abassi UN/MINUSTAH

At least 1.4M need aid in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew – UN

Oct 11, 2016 - 8:48 AM

UPDATED Haiti faces a humanitarian crisis that requires a massive response from the international community the United Nations chief says

People continue to clean up in the western Haitian city of Jeremie, which was hit by Hurricane Matthew, on October 6, 2016. Logan Abassi/UN/MINUSTAH

Kenya forcing refugees back to Somalia – NGO

Oct 10, 2016 - 2:58 PM

Kenya is violating international law by forcing residents of the world s largest refugee camp to return to Somalia an aid agency says

An overview of the part of the eastern sector of the IFO-2 camp in the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp, north of the Kenyan capital Nairobi seen on April 28, 2015. Tony Karumba/AFP

Hurricane Matthew weakens, makes South Carolina landfall

Oct 09, 2016 - 7:32 AM

In Haiti where Matthew was a monster Category 4 when it slammed into the poorest country in the western hemisphere Tuesday October 4 the official death toll rises to at least 336

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

World donors pledge $15B for Afghanistan

Oct 06, 2016 - 11:37 AM

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is in the Belgian capital seeking aid from officials from 75 countries and more than 20 global organizations

10 countries host half world's refugees – Amnesty

Oct 04, 2016 - 3:02 PM

Countries immediately neighboring crisis zones – led by Jordan Turkey and Pakistan – bear the brunt of the global refugee problem

ESCAPE. In this file photo, Syrian refugees carry their belongings as they wait to enter Jordanian side of the Hadalat border crossing, a military zone east of the capital Amman, after arriving from Syria on May 4, 2016. Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

Two million people without water in Syria's Aleppo – UN

Sep 24, 2016 - 5:45 PM

The denial of access to food water and medicines has been used repeatedly as a weapon by all sides in Syria s brutal 5 year old civil war

WATER SUPPLY. A Syrian girl fills jerrycans with water on February 23, 2016 in the rebel-held side of the northern city of Aleppo. File photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP

Aid convoy attacked as Syria ceasefire collapses

Sep 20, 2016 - 8:22 AM

UPDATED Syria s military announced the end to the truce accusing rebels of more than 300 violations and failing to commit to a single element of the US Russia deal

Syrians sit and look at the rubble following an air strike in Aleppo's rebel-controlled neighborhood of Karm al-Jabal on September 18, 2016. Karam al-Masri/AFP

Fragile Syria truce tested by violence, US-Russia tensions

Sep 17, 2016 - 10:19 AM

The ceasefire has been marred by a lack of humanitarian aid deliveries sporadic violence and increasing friction between Moscow and Washington

SYRIA TRUCE. A general view taken on September 16, 2016, shows the rubble-strewn Castello Road, the main route for humanitarian assistance in to divided Syrian city of Aleppo. Photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP

UN's Ban presses for Syria aid as truce holds

Sep 15, 2016 - 8:16 AM

Besieged civilians are still waiting desperately for relief in Syria s war battered second city of Aleppo with 20 UN aid trucks stranded on the Turkish border over security concerns

LIFE UNDER CEASEFIRE. A Syrian boy serves a juice on the third day of the Al-Adha Eid (Festival of Sacrifice) Muslim holiday in the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on the second day of an internally backed ceasefire for Syria came into effect, September 14, 2016. Abd Doumany/AFP

North Korea floods 'major, complex disaster' – Red Cross

Sep 13, 2016 - 10:22 AM

Rescue workers are struggling to reach stricken communities in the country s far north where thousands have been left homeless and the risk of disease is looming

In this handout photo taken on September 6, 2016 and released on September 13, 2016 by UNICEF DPRK shows the damage to houses, caused by heavy flooding of the Tumen river along the road from Musan to Yonsa in Hoeryong, North Hamyong province. Murat Sahin/Red Cross DPRK/Handout/AFP

Floods kill 60, displace 44,000 in North Korea – UN

Sep 06, 2016 - 5:09 PM

The country reported that a northeastern river suffered its worst ever flood

2.4 million in Libya need aid, UN says on World Humanitarian Day

Aug 20, 2016 - 8:15 AM

They lack medicines vaccinations and suffer from poor hospitalization services Almost 300 000 children are out of schools and almost 350 000 Libyans are displaced within the country

HELP NEEDED. A handout picture taken and released by the Italian Red Cross shows a crew member helping a migrant child after the MOAS operation in which 304 migrants were rescued from a dinghy off the Libyan coast, during a rescue operation in the international waters between Malta and Libya, August 18, 2016. Handout file photo by Yara Nardi/EPA

UN appeals for urgent aid access to Syria's Aleppo

Aug 10, 2016 - 8:43 AM

Fears are growing for trapped civilians ahead of what is expected to be an all out battle for control of Aleppo a focal point of Syria s 5 year civil war

WAR ZONE. Opposition fighters drive a tank in an eastern government sieged neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria, on August 5, 2016. Omar Haj Kadour/AFP