SEARCH. Rescue workers take part in the search for survivors in Mexico City on September 22, 2017, 3 days after the powerful quake that hit central Mexico. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP President Enrique Pena Nieto promises that officials would prolong their delicate probing for survivors
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Sept. 23, 2017) — Mexican authorities on Friday, September 22, extended a search for survivors of this week’s devastating earthquake that killed nearly 300 people, with foreign rescue teams helping out as the technical window for finding anybody left alive closed.
Continue reading Mexico extends search for quake survivors People walk through flooded streets the morning after Hurricane Irma swept through Fort Myers, Florida. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Military crews were on standby with body bags for possible fatalities in the Keys while millions remain without power across Florida
September 11, 2017 — The horrific scale of Hurricane Irma’s trail of devastation across Florida was becoming evident on Monday as the remnants of the most powerful storm in Atlantic history limped north into Georgia and a demise over land.
Continue reading Florida Keys facing potential ‘humanitarian crisis’ in Irma aftermath REBUILDING. A teddy bear is seen on top of waterlogged items set on a curb in front of a home as people start to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey caused widespread flooding, on September 2, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP At the same time, Houston’s mayor says his city is now 95% dry and already ‘open for business’
HOUSTON, USA (Sept. 4, 2017) — The governor of Texas said Sunday, September 3, the “long haul” of recovery from Hurricane Harvey was just beginning, appealing to Congress to provide tens of billions of dollars needed for reconstruction.
Continue reading Texas governor appeals for aid for Harvey recovery POTUS IN TEXAS. US President Donald Trump speaks at the Texas Department of Public Safety Emergency Operations Center in Austin, Texas on August 29, 2017, as rains from Hurricane Harvey continue to flood parts of Texas. Jim Watson/AFP Federal officials estimate that up to half a million people in Texas will ultimately require some form of assistance – but for now the focus remains immediate disaster relief, with many lives still at stake
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, USA (Aug. 30, 2017) — US President Donald Trump toured the Harvey disaster zone in Texas on Tuesday, August 29, as he sought to project an image of leadership in America’s first big natural disaster since he took office, as the battered US Gulf Coast girded for another hit from the huge storm.
Continue reading Trump praises Texans on trip to Harvey disaster zone RUBBLE. Police tape surround a damaged building in Leyte after the earthquake in July. Photo by Gelo Litonjua Undersecretary Alain Pascua says school buildings have suffered around P2 billion worth of damage following recent typhoons and earthquakes, but they have means to fund the repairs
MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 17, 2017) — The Department of Education (DepEd) is calling for the revival of its Quick Response Fund (QRF) to repair schools damaged by typhoons and earthquakes in the past months.
Continue reading DepEd wants to revive repair funds for calamity-hit schools UNDERSTANDING MAPS. This is a screenshot of the maps on landslide and flood susceptibility from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (Mines and Geosciences Bureau). The maps are in jpeg format, and require considerable work for reuse. ‘In a time when people are increasingly exposed to the factors of disaster and climate change, I believe that usable maps can help people make a difference’
August 2, 2017 — When addressing disasters and climate change, at what point does the geographic information become useful?
Continue reading Making maps useful for addressing disasters and climate change VICTIMS NEED LIVELIHOOD. Radio Veritas launches news and public service program ‘Pandesal Forum’ with (left to right) Wilson Lee Flores, George Siy, Caritas Manila executive director Fr. Anton Pascual, and Jarkie Miranda. The Catholic Church, through Caritas Manila, is planning to provide livelihood programs to help Marawi victims get back on track
MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 2, 2017) — The Catholic Church has been one of the most active sectors in sending aid to Marawi victims. Its humanitarian, development, and advocacy arm Caritas Philippines, or the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA), donated P10 million pesos in July to internally displaced victims.
Continue reading Caritas Manila to help Marawi victims through livelihood MARAWI CLASH. ARMY soldiers stood watch as they hold their position near the shoreline of Lake Lanao in Marawi City on Thursday, June 22,2017. the soldiers are holding the shorelines to prevent fleeing members of Maute group. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler UN OCHA launches an online platform to help local government units and NGOs learn the needs of those affected by the armed conflict
MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 1, 2017) — In conflict scenarios like the one in Marawi City, the use of accurate data can tremendously aid various government agencies and the private sector in helping internally displaced people get back on their feet.
Continue reading Information management vital for Marawi recovery – UN OCHA MARAWI SIEGE. Marawi City is attacked by Islamic State-inspired terrorists belonging to the Maute Group on May 23, 2017. Photo from @RickoDima The war continues to rage in the city’s commercial district Banggolo and adjacent barangays Raya Madaya and Marinaut
MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 1, 2017) — The death toll among terrorists fighting in Marawi City breached 500 on Monday, July 31, after the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reported killing 11 in separate operations during the day.
Continue reading Death toll among local terrorists in Marawi passes 500 – military 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 The chaotic mess caused by the conflict that devastated Mosul must be cleared away first, before rebuilding starts
MOSUL, Iraq (Jul. 19, 2017) — The battle over, it’s now time to start rebuilding Iraq’s second city, parts of which were literally flattened during the offensive against holed up jihadists of the Islamic State (ISIS) group.
Continue reading After the battle: Mosul looks to rise from the ashes