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Firefighters battle blazes on 2 fronts in California, 44 dead

Nov 14, 2018 - 1:46 PM

Most of the fatalities have been reported from the town of Paradise, population 26,000, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains about 80 miles north of Sacramento

PARADISE FIRE. Chris and Nancy Brown embrace while looking over the remains of their burned residence after the Camp fire tore through the region in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Japan economy shrinks in Q3 as natural disasters hit

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:48 AM

Gross domestic product for the July-September period has contracted 0.3% from the previous quarter, reversing growth of 0.8% in the April-June period

ECONOMY SHRINKS. Experts say a number of natural disasters in Japan dampened personal consumption, company investment and exports. File photo from AFP

Why Philippines and Indonesia are prone to natural hazards

Oct 18, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Just like Indonesia, the Philippines has a big earthquake looming in its future. This raises an important question: what makes the Philippines and Indonesia prone to natural hazards?

Trump questions climate change during hurricane damage tour

Oct 16, 2018 - 3:25 PM

President Donald Trump, a longtime climate change skeptic, says he does believe the climate is shifting, but argues that any worsening may not be permanent

VISIT. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tour damage from Hurricane Michael in Lynn Haven, Florida, October 15, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Hurricane Michael death toll hits 17

Oct 13, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, warns that he expects the toll to rise

GONE. Claire mourns as she sees the damage caused by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, on October 12, 2018. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Disease fears as more bodies found in Indonesia disaster

Oct 06, 2018 - 5:32 PM

There are fears that vast numbers of decomposing bodies could still be buried beneath Petobo and Balaroa – two areas virtually wiped off the map

WIPED. Mass graves were being readied on October 1, 2018 for hundreds of victims of the Indonesian quake and tsunami as authorities battled to stave off disease and reach desperate people still trapped under shattered buildings. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Last-ditch search for survivors as Indonesia disaster toll tops 1,500

Oct 05, 2018 - 2:15 PM

After days of delays, international aid has finally started to arrive in the disaster zone, where the UN says almost 200,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance

AFTERMATH. A quake survivor searches for salvageable items from the debris of a factory complex in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 3, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Indonesia earthquake: Kids traumatized as rescuers race against clock

Oct 04, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) According to Save the Children, many youngsters are sleeping on the streets among ruins in Palu, and authorities urgently need to identify and reunite them with their relatives

REFUGE. Children pose in front of a tent on a field of a mosque where they took refuge in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Typhoon Trami pounds Japan, dozens injured

Sep 30, 2018 - 5:29 PM

(UPDATED) At least of 65 people are reported to have sustained injuries

STRONG WINDS. A pedestrian holds his broken umbrella a she walks against a strong wind after Typhoon Trami hit the city of Kagoshima, on Kyushu island, on September 30, 2018. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Typhoon Trami injures 45, direct hit on Japan mainland expected

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:20 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Typhoon Trami injures at least 5 and forces 600 people to evacuation centers as it pummels through Okinawa, Japan

TRAMI. Satellite image for Typhoon Jebi as of 06:30 UTC (2:30 pm Manila time) September 28, 2018. Image courtesy of NOAA

In Itogon, sister volunteers to dig beneath the soil to look for brother

Sep 18, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Benylyn Gumuwang still believes her brother Harvey will come home alive, even if officials or other miners say he is most likely gone

STILL LOOKING. Benylyn Gumuwang, 45, volunteers to look for her missing brother who is a miner in Itogon, Benguet. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Florence death toll jumps to 31 as flooding wreaks havoc

Sep 18, 2018 - 12:16 PM

'This is an epic storm that is still continuing. This is a monumental disaster for our state,' says North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

FLORENCE. A church is surrounded by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence on September 17, 2018, in Conway, South Carolina. Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

Perfect storms: hurricanes and typhoons

Sep 14, 2018 - 9:54 AM

Here are some facts about monster storms and what to expect as climate change supercharges our weather

Evacuations start as Typhoon Ompong bears down on Philippines

Sep 13, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Authorities say some 10 million people in the Philippines are in the storm's path

Red button image via Shutterstock. Satellite image for Ompong courtesy of NOAA

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

DSWD prepares P829 million in aid for Typhoon Mangkhut

Sep 11, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Some P872 million in standby funds are also available

Japan toll rises to 35 after powerful quake

Sep 07, 2018 - 10:36 AM

(4th UPDATE) Around 5 people are still unaccounted for in the small northern countryside town of Atsuma

AFTERMATH. This picture shows an aerial view of houses damaged by a landslide in Atsuma town, Hokkaido prefecture on September 6, 2018, after an earthquake hit the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Japan's Kansai airport to reopen partially on September 7

Sep 06, 2018 - 3:58 PM

The Kansai International Airport was battered by Typhoon Jebi, which made landfall Tuesday, September 4 as the strongest storm to hit Japan since 1993

STRANDED. Passengers stranded at the Kansai International Airport due to Typhoon Jebi wait for buses that will transport them from the airport in Izumisano city, Osaka prefecture on September 6, 2018. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Japan quake, landslides leave at least 8 dead

Sep 06, 2018 - 8:25 AM

(UPDATED) Around 3 million homes have lost power after the quake damaged a major thermal plant supplying the region

AFTERMATH. Police and rescue workers search for survivors from a house that was damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town in Hokkaido prefecture on September 6, 2018. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Japan evacuates major airport after typhoon wreaks havoc

Sep 05, 2018 - 9:18 AM

(4th UPDATE) The typhoon has swept a 2,500-ton tanker into the bridge to Kansai International Airport, the region's main international gateway and a national transport hub

TYPHOON JEBI. This handout picture released by Kansai airport coast guard air base on September 4, 2018 and received through Jiji press shows a tanker after it collided with a bridge connecting to Kansai International Airport due to Typhoon Jebi's strong winds in Izumisano city, in Osaka prefecture. AFP PHOTO/Kansai airport coast guard air base

3 dead as strongest typhoon in quarter century batters Japan

Sep 04, 2018 - 12:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Typhoon Jebi makes landfall around noon local time, slamming into the west of the country packing winds of up to 216 kilometers (135 miles) per hour

JEBI. Satellite image for Typhoon Jebi as of 02:30 UTC (10:30 am Manila time) September 4, 2018. Image courtesy of NOAA

Indonesian earthquake death toll reaches 555

Aug 24, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Some 390,000 people remain displaced after the quakes

AFTERMATH. Residents check on their collapsed homes in the village of Sembalun on Indonesia's Lombok island on August 20, 2018 after a series of earthquakes were recorded by seismologists throughout August 19. AFP file photo

Strong typhoon hits flood-hit western Japan

Aug 23, 2018 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Typhoon Cimaron Cimaron is seen packing maximum gusts of 198 kilometer (123 miles) per hour as of the evening, bringing heavy winds and rain to the western region

Aftershocks rock Indonesia's Lombok as earthquake death toll jumps to 319

Aug 09, 2018 - 2:46 PM

(UPDATED) Survivors of the earthquake are also being shaken by hundreds of aftershocks, including a shallow 5.9-magnitude quake on Thursday, which caused people to flee evacuation shelters crying and screaming

Typhoon Shanshan clips Japan coast, sparing Tokyo

Aug 09, 2018 - 10:18 AM

The fierce storm system is expected to begin moving away from land after brushing Japan's main island

SHANSHAN. Satellite image for Shanshan as of 01:00 UTC (9 am Manila time) August 9, 2018. Image courtesy of NOAA

Strong typhoon churns towards Japan

Aug 08, 2018 - 2:19 PM

Typhoon Shanshan could dump 350 millimeters of rain over the greater Tokyo region over the 24 hours by Thursday noon, August 9

SHANSHAN. Satellite image for Shanshan as of 5:30 UTC (1:30 pm Manila time) August 8, 2018. Image courtesy of NOAA

Lombok earthquake leaves 156,000 homeless as death toll hits 131

Aug 08, 2018 - 12:54 PM

(UPDATED) Around 1,477 people are severely injured, with tens of thousands of homes damaged. Authorities say the death toll of 131 is likely to rise.

BONFIRE. Displaced residents sit around a bonfire outside their temporary tents in Pemenang, northern Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara province on August 7, 2018, two days after the area was struck by an earthquake. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Taiwan spared as Typhoon Maria weakens

Jul 11, 2018 - 10:12 AM

(UPDATED) Maria is the first typhoon of the season for Taiwan, and damage is limited for the island which is prone to violent storms through the summer

TYPHOON MARIA. This photograph by Taiwan agency CNA taken on July 10, 2018 shows a large wave hitting the coast of Taitung as Typhoon Maria approaches east Taiwan. AFP PHOTO/CNA PHOTO

Japan rescuers go house to house as flood toll hits 156

Jul 10, 2018 - 11:22 AM

(UPDATED) The crisis is the deadliest weather-related disaster in over 3 decades, and has sparked national grief

RESCUE. This picture taken on July 9, 2018 shows a survivor being rescued from his house in the Mabicho district in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, some three days after flooding caused by rains devastated parts of Japan. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Flood damage would double without coral reefs – study

Jun 13, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Coupled with projected sea level rise driven by global warming, reef decline could see flooding increase 4-fold by century's end, researchers report in the journal Nature Communications

CORAL REEFS. Fish swim in the coral reef of Bunaken Island national marine park in northern Sulawesi on May 14, 2009. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

At least 99 dead as Guatemala volcano threatens new eruptions

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Only 28 of the 99 people killed as a result of the eruption have been identified so far

RESCUE. Volunteer firefighters search for victims of Sunday's Fuego Volcano eruption in Alotenango, a municipality in Sacatepequez Department, southwest of Guatemala City on June 6, 2018. Photo by Orlando Estrada/AFP

Nearly 200 missing, 75 dead from Guatemala volcano

Jun 06, 2018 - 9:45 AM

(UPDATED) The search for bodies in mountain villages destroyed by the eruption is progressing slowly

NEW ACTIVITY. People gather at the Municipal stadium in Escuintla, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 5, 2018 after the Fuego Volcano showed new activity. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Toll rises in Guatemala volcano as more bodies recovered

Jun 05, 2018 - 10:36 AM

(UPDATED) The speed and ferocity of the eruption take mountain communities by surprise, with many of the dead found in or around their homes

DEATH TOLL RISES. Residents carry the coffins of seven people who died following the eruption of the Fuego volcano, along the streets of Alotenango municipality, Sacatepequez, about 65 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 4, 2018. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Hawaii volcano summit erupts, residents urged to take shelter

May 18, 2018 - 8:40 AM

'At any time, activity may again become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent,' the Hawaii Volcano Observatory says

KILAUEA. This image released by the US Geological Survey on May 17, 2018 shows lava spattering from an area between fissures 16 and 20 at 8:20 a.m. HST from the Kilauea Volcano on May 16, 2018. AFP PHOTO / US Geological Survey/HO

Filipinos along path of California wildfires urged to evacuate if needed

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:57 AM

The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles estimates that there are 25,800 Filipinos in Ventura County, where the Thomas Fire is wreaking havoc

WILDFIRE. Firefighters battle strong winds as they try to save a house during the Thomas wildfire in Ventura, California on December 5, 2017. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

‘Minor’ landslide in Davao City disrupts traffic for days

Oct 09, 2017 - 8:06 PM

Thousands of commuters find are stuck in gridlock, with a portion of the Carlos P. Garcia Highway closed since Friday, October 6

GRIDLOCK. CCTV image of MacArthur Highway in Davao City at 1:59 pm, Monday, October 9. Photo courtesy of the Davao City Public Safety Security Command Center

Houston native Beyonce pledges to help Harvey relief

Aug 30, 2017 - 10:34 AM

Aside from Beyonce Drake and Kevin Hart are also among the famous personalities who are helping out the victims of Hurricane Harvey

BEYONCE. The Houston native has pledged unspecified aid after the city was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. Screengrab from Instagram/beyonce

Palawan's hazard-prone towns identified

Jul 26, 2017 - 10:30 AM

According to the Provincial Climate Change Action Plan 2017 2023 an estimated 244 997 people are highly susceptible to landslides with Puerto Princesa City Roxas and Rizal having the highest population exposure

What is Agos?

Jul 08, 2017 - 11:58 AM

Agos uses technology for disaster preparedness and to save lives during natural disasters

FAST FACTS: Leyte and natural disasters

Jul 07, 2017 - 6:42 PM

Leyte province has had its share of natural disasters over the years

Yolanda Museum to rise in Tacloban 4 years after deadly typhoon

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:23 PM

Part of the Tacloban Astrodome which provided refuge to residents during the onslaught of Haiyan in 2013 will be turned into a museum in Leyte s capital

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

OCD Bicol's 1st lady chief: A tough worker, stickler for rules

Mar 04, 2017 - 11:10 AM

Blanche Gobenciong leads the Office of Civil Defense in the most disaster prone region in the country

CHANGE OF COMMAND. Usec Ricardo Jalad, OCD and NDRRMC executive director and Blanche Gobenciong, newly-installed OCD director in Bicol, share the stage. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

#EarthquakePH: Cebu Pacific suspends flights to, from Surigao

Feb 11, 2017 - 1:27 PM

Affected passengers may be accommodated via mounted Cebu Butuan Cebu flights They may also avail of several options without penalties

Haiti in pain as hurricane toll soars, aid sought

Oct 08, 2016 - 4:22 PM

3rd UPDATE The death toll surges past 400 3 days after Hurricane Matthew leveled huge swaths of the country s south

AFTER THE STORM. Homes destroyed and damaged by Hurricane Matthew are seen in Jeremie, in western Haiti, on October 7, 2016. Nicolas Garcia/AFP

Pope extends stamp on Church with new ministry for human development

Aug 31, 2016 - 10:20 PM

The new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development is part of Pope Francis efforts to focus on the most vulnerable sectors

Pope Francis salutes during his weekly general audience in St Peter's square on August 31, 2016 at the Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI

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12M of stunted children in ASEAN live in PH, Indonesia – report

Mar 30, 2016 - 6:45 PM

The Regional Report on Nutrition Security in ASEAN highlights the challenges of child nutrition in the region including the double burden of malnutrition

Friends bike 1000km to share lessons with typhoon victims

Jan 06, 2016 - 10:42 AM

Myles Delfin and Kevin Soler ride along the Pan Philippine Highway to Ormoc Leyte to hear how people affected by past disasters are preparing for the next one

Soldiers hit streets as US floods death toll mounts

Jan 02, 2016 - 8:11 AM

Missouri and Illinois have been particularly hard hit from the record breaking and relentless deluge in the past week

FLOODED. Highway signs mark the closing of Tenbrook Road in Arnold, Missouri, USA, 31 December 2015. Water from the nearby Meramec River flooded homes and closed roads across the region. Historic rainfall across the American Midwest has pushed the Meramec and other rivers in Missouri to record levels. EPA/SID HASTINGS