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How a school in Capiz survived a rockslide and Typhoon Ursula

Jan 18, 2020 - 3:20 PM

Barra Elementary School finds ways to rebuild and continue to educate students even after Typhoon Ursula blew off the roof of its temporary learning space and destroyed all its teaching materials

LIFE GOES ON. Students of Barra Elementary School take their classes in small, humid, makeshift classrooms after Typhoon Ursula. Photo by Dorothy Andrada/Rappler

Akelco restores 85% electricity in Aklan, northern Antique 3 weeks after Ursula

Jan 16, 2020 - 8:36 PM

Aklan Electric Cooperative says it has restored power in 122,194 households and establishments in the province

BAYANIHAN. Photo by Aklan Electric Cooperative

Typhoon Ursula prompts Aklan town to suspend total tricycle phaseout in Boracay

Jan 10, 2020 - 8:00 AM

'Nahirapan ang ating mga [e-trikes] na maka-recharge dahil may mga lugar sa isla na wala pang kuryente,' says acting Malay, Aklan Mayor Frolibar Bautista

SUSPENDED. The local government of Malay, Aklan, suspends the total tricycle phaseout in Boracay Island. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal/Rappler

Power restoration in Ursula-hit Aklan eyed on January 25

Jan 09, 2020 - 11:11 PM

The Aklan Electric Cooperative says its initial target was to restore power by February 9

POWER RESTORATION. As of January 8, the Aklan Electric Cooperative says it incurred an initial damage of P94.858 million in the franchise area. File photo from Akelco

Ursula wrath: P1.158 billion damage, 8 dead in Aklan

Jan 05, 2020 - 1:21 PM

97 people are also injured by Typhoon Ursula, which devastated the province in late December

URSULA'S WRATH. Typhoon Ursula leaves a path of destruction in Aklan. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Boracay Island still recovering from Typhoon Ursula

Jan 04, 2020 - 5:04 PM

The island resort is facing 3 problems – electric power outages, uncollected garbage and limited fuel

Photo by BFP Malay

Aklan rushes repair of schools damaged by Typhoon Ursula

Jan 01, 2020 - 1:06 PM

DepEd officials are worried as classes are set to open January 6

PHOTO San Roque Elementary School in Malinao, Aklan during the devastation of Typhoon Ursula PHOTO ATIR ADLIH

Typhoon Ursula death toll rises to 50

Dec 31, 2019 - 1:52 PM

Nearly 85,000 Filipinos displaced by the storm will spend New Year's Eve in temporary shelters

URSULA AFTERMATH. The Biliran provincial government declared a state of calamity on Friday, December 27, following the trail of destruction that Typhoon Ursula left in the province. Photo by Jeremiah Orobia Vertulfo

Typhoon Ursula leaves P65 million damage in Aklan's agriculture

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Heavy losses are recorded in rice, corn, banana, vegetable, and fruit tree plantations. The fisheries sector also takes a hit.

URSULA'S WRATH. The province of Aklan bore the brunt of Typhoon Ursula, which swept across Eastern and Central Visayas on Christmas Eve. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

For Typhoon Ursula victims, welcoming the year would be difficult

Dec 30, 2019 - 1:05 PM

In Barangay Matarinao, a village of around 544 families, 3,386 houses were totally damaged while 315 houses were partially destroyed when Typhoon Ursula struck

Virginia Rangis, 53, says Typhoon Ursula caused a total damage to her house. She calls for help as she hopes that her home will be restored again.     After Typhoon Ursula, Pedro Gagap, 65, spends his time repairing his neighbor’s fishing boat. He said he couldn’t go back to fishing just yet, so in the meantime, doing repairs would be a big help to meet their daily needs. Photo byJene-Anne Pangue/Rappler

Typhoon Ursula death toll climbs to 47

Dec 29, 2019 - 4:36 PM

(UPDATED) Among the fatalities are fishermen caught at sea when the storm hit on Christmas Day

CAUGHT AT SEA. Some of the fatalities from Typhoon Ursula were fishermen whose boats capsized in the waters off Mindoro. Photo of the storm's aftermath in Biliran by Jeremiah Orobia Vertulfo

Cebu town releases P3.9 million disaster funds amid state of calamity

Dec 29, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Daanbantayan Mayor Sun Shimura says the disaster fund would be used for the purchase of tarpaulins for houses and waterproof plywood for boats damaged by Typhoon Ursula

DESTROYED. Several houses were destroyed in Barangay Carnaza in Daanbantayan, Cebu during the onslaught of Typhoon Ursula. Photo from Municipality of Daanbantayan FB page

Ursula leaves at least 4 dead, 51 injured in Aklan

Dec 28, 2019 - 9:40 PM

(UPDATED) Typhoon Ursula also leaves P64.402 million in damage to agriculture and P117.995 million in damage to infrastructure in Aklan

LINE DOWN. A power line is damaged by Typhoon Ursula. Photo provided by Akelco,

Agricultural losses from Typhoon Ursula hit P782 million

Dec 28, 2019 - 5:45 PM

This is an increase from the initial figure of P695.85 million, due to an updated report from Western Visayas and Eastern Visayas

MILLIONS IN LOSSES. Typhoon Ursula left almost P800 million in agricultural damages and losses in its aftermath. Photo courtesy of @DJRadnie_360 on Twitter

IN PHOTOS: In Biliran, thousands to welcome the New Year homeless

Dec 28, 2019 - 1:59 PM

The provincial disaster risk reduction management office estimate the initial cost of damage in Biliran to reach almost P800 million

URSULA AFTERMATH. The Biliran provincial government declares a state of calamity on Friday, December 27 following the trail of destruction that Typhoon Ursula left in the province. All photos by Jeremiah Orobia Vertulfo

Ursula leaves PAR as tropical storm

Dec 28, 2019 - 11:25 AM

The deadly Ursula (Phanfone) exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility at 9:50 am on Saturday, December 28

LOOK: Solar energy powers charging stations in Ursula-hit Tacloban

Dec 28, 2019 - 11:04 AM

ICSC is also planning to set up charging stations in other severely-affected areas in the region, most especially in the remote islands of Guiuan, Eastern Samar

FALSE: Photo of Duterte in aerial survey of areas 'hit by Ursula' in Visayas

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:58 AM

The photos are taken in December 2017, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Urduja, which also went through the Visayas

Families in Tacloban affected by fire during Typhoon Ursula appeal for help

Dec 27, 2019 - 1:44 PM

The residents, whose houses were razed by the fire at the height of the typhoon, are sad because they have to start from scratch again. It was only 6 years ago, when Super Typhoon Yolanda made them homeless.

LOOK: In about the same time as Typhoon Ursula’s landfall, some houses in Brgy 66 Paseo de Legazpi in Tacloban City were also affected by the fire. A day after Christmas, affected families take time to repair their home as they hope to get back to their normal life. Photos by Jene-Anne Pangue/Rappler

Ursula inching away, but tail-end of a cold front affecting Northern Luzon

Dec 27, 2019 - 12:15 PM

Moderate to heavy rain is expected in Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, and Apayao on Friday, December 27, due to the tail-end of a cold front

#ReliefPH: Help those affected by Typhoon Ursula

Dec 27, 2019 - 12:12 PM

Communities affected by Typhoon Ursula need your support. This page shows how you can help.

Typhoon Ursula death toll rises to 28

Dec 27, 2019 - 9:09 AM

(4th UPDATE) Two people are injured in Iloilo, while 12 people across 3 regions in the Visayas remain missing

AFTERMATH. Barangay Liloa in Ormoc City, Leyte suffers from ankle-deep flooding due to Typhoon Ursula's strong rainfall. Photo courtesy of @juanmarkomoko on Twitter

Pope Francis prays for Filipinos hit by Typhoon Ursula

Dec 26, 2019 - 10:17 PM

'I pray for the numerous victims, the wounded, and for their families,' says the Pope

PRAYER FOR PH. Pope Francis delivers his blessing to the faithful during the Angelus prayer, on December 26, 2019, at St. Peter's square in the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Areas under state of calamity due to Typhoon Ursula

Dec 26, 2019 - 9:58 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The provinces of Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, and Aklan as well as the city of Tacloban, are under a state of calamity due to the trail of destruction left by Typhoon Ursula

The local government unit of Barugo, Leyte said that as of Wednesday, December 25, a total of 1394 houses were partially damaged and 58 houses were totally damaged. There are no recorded in the city casualties. #UrsulaPH Photo from LGU Barugo

LOOK: Gem-Ver damaged by Typhoon Ursula

Dec 26, 2019 - 8:14 PM

The boat is overturned by strong winds and waves brought by the typhoon, which battered San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

DAMAGED. A photo posted on December 26, 2019, by the Facebook page of the local government of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, shows fishing boat Gem-Ver overturned on the shore after Typhoon Ursula hits the town. Photo from LGU San Jose, Occidental Mindoro Facebook page

Flash floods from Typhoon Ursula sweep away family in Iloilo

Dec 26, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Roel De Asis, along with 3 of his children, his nephew, and niece, are found dead after being swept away by a current from flash floods. De Asis' other child is reportedly still missing.

Airports' status in aftermath of Typhoon Ursula

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines gives updates on 7 airports affected by Typhoon Ursula

AFTERMATH. CAAP Deputy Director General for Operations Captain Donaldo Mendoza inspects the damages at Kalibo International Airport today, 26 December 2019. Photo from CAAP

2 Cebu towns under state of calamity due to Typhoon Ursula

Dec 26, 2019 - 6:17 PM

The municipalities of Medellin and Daanbantayan seek rehabilitation and relief assistance following the damage caused by Typhoon Ursula

STRANDED. Passengers were stranded in Cebu Pier One on the eve of Typhoon Ursula. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

No more areas under wind signals due to Typhoon Ursula

Dec 26, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The trough or extension of Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone), however, will continue to bring rain to parts of Luzon

Kusog Bicolandia pushes for independent Bicol power grid

Dec 26, 2019 - 5:13 PM

‘We are wondering why we need to get electricity from the Tayabas station of NGCP when we can tap directly from Tiwi or BacMan geothermal power plants,’ the regional political party says

POWER SOURCE. Officials of Energy Development Corporation show off to members of the local media in Legazpi the facilities of BacMan geothermal field in Manito town. Bicol is producing clean and renewable energy from two geothermal plants in Tiwi and Bacon Manito geothermal plants but 70 percent of Albayanos remain powerless after typhoon Tisoy occurence. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

At least 16 people dead due to Typhoon Ursula

Dec 26, 2019 - 12:06 PM

(4th UPDATE) The fatalities are from Iloilo, Capiz, Leyte, Southern Leyte, and Biliran, where the storm caused heavy floods and destruction

DEADLY STORM. Typhoon Ursula hit the central islands of the Philippines as the country celebrated Christmas. Photo courtesy of Tacloban City Vice Mayor Jerry Sambo Yaokasin

Typhoon Ursula slightly weakens as it begins to move away from PH

Dec 26, 2019 - 11:40 AM

Signal No. 1 is raised only in the northwestern part of Occidental Mindoro and the Calamian Islands as of 11 am on Thursday, December 26. There may still be some rain in parts of Luzon.

Typhoon Ursula now over West PH Sea

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:20 AM

There will still be rain in parts of Luzon on Thursday, December 26, but weather is later expected to gradually improve

Signal No. 3 lifted as Typhoon Ursula off to West PH Sea

Dec 26, 2019 - 12:10 AM

There are still areas under Signal Nos. 1 and 2 due to Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) as of 11 pm on Christmas Day

Typhoon Ursula downs mobile services in parts of Visayas, Southern Luzon

Dec 25, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Globe says its personnel are doing their best to restore mobile and internet services in areas affected by Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone)

TYPHOON. Several areas in President Roxas, Capiz are flooded due to heavy rains triggered by Typhoon Ursula. Photo courtesy of EJ Escosia

Typhoon Ursula batters Calamian Islands

Dec 25, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Rain from Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) persists in parts of Luzon and the Visayas early Wednesday evening, December 25

Typhoon Ursula makes 7th landfall in Oriental Mindoro

Dec 25, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) brings very destructive winds and intense rainfall to the southern parts of Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro on the afternoon of Christmas Day

IN PHOTOS: Buildings, homes destroyed as Typhoon Ursula batters parts of Visayas

Dec 25, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Typhoon Ursula leaves a trail of destruction in parts of Visayas, as it destroyed buildings and flooded areas in the regions

LOOK: Several houses in Barangay 95-A (Caibaan) in Tacloban City were damaged on Wednesday, December 25, due to Typhoon Ursula's wrath. #UrsulaPH. Photo from Ronald Madera

Typhoon Ursula heads for Mindoro after 6 Visayas landfalls

Dec 25, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Typhoon Ursula's 6th landfall is in Caluya Island, Antique, at 1 pm on Christmas Day

IN PHOTOS: Typhoon Ursula brings Christmas Day floods to Visayas provinces

Dec 25, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Typhoon Ursula strikes several provinces in Visayas, resulting in severe flooding after heavy rains

MASSIVE FLOODING. Several areas in President Roxas, Capiz are flooded due to heavy rains triggered by Typhoon Ursula. Photo courtesy of EJ Escosia

Typhoon Ursula: Sea trips resume after storm signal warnings lifted

Dec 25, 2019 - 1:44 PM

Over 23,000 were stranded after Typhoon Ursula hit the Visayas region on Christmas Eve

STRANDED PASSENGERS. Sea trips resume on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Typhoon Ursula crosses northern tip of Aklan-Antique

Dec 25, 2019 - 12:30 PM

Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) makes its 5th landfall in Ibajay, Aklan, at 8:40 am on Christmas Day

Typhoon Ursula lashes parts of Visayas, Mimaropa on Christmas

Dec 25, 2019 - 9:25 AM

Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) is 30 kilometers northwest of Roxas City, Capiz, or 95 kilometers south southeast of Romblon town, Romblon, early Christmas morning

Typhoon Ursula slightly intensifies off Capiz

Dec 25, 2019 - 6:35 AM

Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) moves over the Jintotolo Channel off Capiz, after making its 4th landfall in Gigantes Islands, Carles, Iloilo

Typhoon Ursula off to Masbate-Panay after 3 landfalls

Dec 25, 2019 - 12:20 AM

PAGASA says Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) has made landfall thrice, so far – in Eastern Samar, Leyte, and Biliran

Typhoon Ursula even stronger as it heads for Tacloban-Palo

Dec 24, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) has maximum winds of 130 km/h and gustiness of up to 180 km/h early Tuesday evening, December 24

Typhoon Ursula: Over 23,000 stranded on Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 2019 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) Ursula (Phanfone) is now a typhoon and makes landfall in Eastern Samar past 4 pm Tuesday, December 24

STRANDED. Passengers get stuck at Port of Cebu due to suspension of sea travel. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Typhoon Ursula makes landfall in Eastern Samar

Dec 24, 2019 - 5:15 PM

(UPDATED) Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) hits Salcedo, Eastern Samar, at 4:45 pm on Christmas Eve

LOOK: How local government units prepare for Typhoon Ursula

Dec 24, 2019 - 4:55 PM

On Christmas eve, local government units prepare for Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) by evacuating residents and preparing equipment ahead of its landfall

Ahead of Typhoon Ursula's landfall, the local government unit of Naval, Biliran deployed evacuation tents with some tents dedicated for senior citizens, PWDs, and pregnant women. Photos courtesy of @biliranisland on Twitter

Ursula now a typhoon 'endangering' Eastern Visayas

Dec 24, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Signal No. 3 is raised for the first time as Ursula (Phanfone) intensifies into a typhoon early Tuesday afternoon, December 24, shortly before its looming landfall