FLOODWATER. Children wade through waist-deep floodwater caused by monsoon rains along AFP Road in Quezon City. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler At least 79 evacuation centers are opened in affected areas in Luzon
MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 14, 2016) — Thousands fled their homes as rivers swelled and overflowed due to heavy rains on Saturday, August 13.
Continue reading Habagat affects 69,000 people Image by Rappler.com The deaths highlight how vulnerable the more isolated populations are in a country where healthcare was never prioritized under decades of junta rule
ANGON, Myanmar (Aug. 7, 2016) — Myanmar health officials have confirmed that a measles outbreak is behind the deaths of more than 30 people, mostly children, in a remote part of the country as authorities rush to treat victims.
Continue reading Measles behind Myanmar outbreak that has killed 30 Image by Rappler.com Local officials warn residents in areas affected by Tropical Storm Carina of possible floods and landslides
CAGAYAN, Philippines (July 30, 2016) — Disaster managers advised residents in Cagayan Valley to prepare for Tropical Storm Carina.
Continue reading Prepare before Tropical Storm Carina makes landfall UNUSED. GI sheets are piled in the capitol gymnasium, waiting to be distributed to victims of a typhoon that hit 2 years ago. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler It is unclear why the previous administration made the housing aid purchases more than two years after Typhoon Vinta (Krosa) hit Cagayan
CAGAYAN, Philippines (July 30, 2016) — Almost 3 years after Typhoon Vinta (international codename Krosa), about P7.4 billion ($157.4 million)* worth of housing material aids are yet to be distributed to thousands of typhoon victims.
Continue reading P7.4-M worth of housing aid to Cagayan typhoon victims still undistributed An Indian forest ranger sits on the front of a vessel as it approaches a ranger’s building through floodwaters in The Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Morigoan district, some 70kms from Guwahati, in India’s north-eastern state of Assam on July 27, 2016. Biju Boro/AFP Nepal has been worst hit, with homes and bridges destroyed after days of torrential monsoon rains, although water levels were now slowing receding
KATHMANDU, Nepal (July 29, 2016) — Floods and landslides in Nepal and India have killed more than 90 people in recent days, with at least two million residents forced to flee their homes, officials said Thursday, July 28.
Continue reading Nepal, India floods leave more than 90 dead Globe Telecommunications. Image by Rappler.com Netizens suggest other ways to deal with prank calls
MANILA, Philippines (July 29, 2016) — Should telecommunications companies (telcos) charge calls made through the 911 hotline?
Continue reading Should telcos charge 911 calls? Netizens weigh in ENVIRONMENT. In his first SONA, President Rodrigo Duterte directs the environment department to ‘amend, suspend, revoke’ environmental permits, if needed’. Advocates of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation suggest immediate actions the Duterte administration can undertake in its first 100 days to build more resilient communities
MANILA, Philippines (July 27, 2016) — A day after President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), the Disaster Risk Reduction Network (DRRNet) Philippines welcomed the President’s bold pronouncements about the environment.
Continue reading Disaster preparedness advocates hail Duterte’s SONA President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Pic by Rappler.com President Rodrigo Duterte says the fight against climate change ‘must not stymie our industrialization’
MANILA, Philippines (July 27, 2016) — A week after saying he “will not honor” international agreements binding the Philippines to limit its carbon emissions, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated that climate change mitigation is among his administration’s top priorities.
Continue reading Duterte - Addressing global warming is top priority CHINA FLOOD. This photo taken on July 21, 2016 shows people making their way through a flooded area in Changping District in Beijing. Torrential rain lashing northern China in recent days has left nearly 100 people dead or missing, official figures showed. Photo by STR/AFP Angry villagers have blamed local officials for failing to warn them of the impending deluge, with Hebei Satellite TV showing one resident saying water had reached chest-level before an alarm was raised
BEIJING, China (July 23, 2016) — Anger erupted on Saturday, July 23, over floods in northern China that left more than 200 people dead or missing, with media and Internet users accusing officials of negligence.
Continue reading Anger erupts over government handling of China flood EXPERIENCE. Butuan City DRRM Officer Bong Catedral narrates his experience in rescuing during Agaton. All photos by Pocholo Espina Butuan City Disaster Response and Early Warning Officer Bong Catedral says that it is important to make sure that information is always present when dealing with disasters
BUTUAN CITY, Philippines (July 17, 2016) — “
Kahadlok (Scary). Traumatic.”
These were the first words that Philippine Coast Guard Captain of Arms Randy Gallarion stated as he recalled his experience in rescuing people during the flashfloods caused by Tropical Depression Agaton, last January 2014 in Butuan City.
Continue reading Butuan disaster official - Information key to risk reduction