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4 years after Yolanda, trauma still haunts typhoon victims

a woman picks up what's left of her belongings in the rubble after the floodwaters subsided in eastern samar
AFTERMATH. A woman picks up what’s left of her belongings in the rubble after the floodwaters subsided in Eastern Samar. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Victims of natural disasters are vulnerable to trauma, as well as mental problems such as stress disorders, depression and general anxiety

AKLAN, Philippines (Nov. 5, 2017) — Four years since Super Typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan), most survivors still carry the emotional burden brought by the catastrophic disaster that hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013. Continue reading 4 years after Yolanda, trauma still haunts typhoon victims

Hurricane Sandy, five years later: ‘No one was ready for what happened after’

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Tricia Campbell McAvoy looks for mold in the garage of her home in Brick, New Jersey. Photograph: Bryan Derballa for the Guardian

Survivors of the 2012 storm remain haunted. As hurricanes continue to batter the US, many say plans to mitigate climate change have not gone far enough: ‘People need to open their eyes’

October 29, 2017 — Hurricane Sandy still assails the thoughts of Annie Willis, haunting her with its onrushing black water and the harrowing sound of shattering windows. The storm mauled a Continue reading Hurricane Sandy, five years later: ‘No one was ready for what happened after’

Trump defends response to Puerto Rico hurricane disaster

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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

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’

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Sept. 27, 2017) — US President Donald Trump defended the government relief response to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico on Tuesday, September 26, and promised to visit the island next week. Continue reading Trump defends response to Puerto Rico hurricane disaster

5 days on, hopes fade in Mexico City quake rescue operations

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RUBBLE. Rescuers search for survivors amid the debris and rubble from a flattened building in Mexico City on September 23, 2017, 4 days after the powerful quake that hit central Mexico. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Authorities are still listening to anguished families who insist that painstaking rescue operations continue at a handful of sites

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Sept. 25, 2017) — Hopes of finding more survivors after Mexico City’s devastating quake dwindled to virtually nothing on Sunday, September 24, 5 days after the 7.1 tremor rocked the heart of the mega-city, toppling dozens of buildings and killing more than 300 people. Continue reading 5 days on, hopes fade in Mexico City quake rescue operations

Mexico extends search for quake survivors

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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

Volunteers rush to rescue in aftermath of Mexico earthquake

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HELPING HAND. Volunteers clean the debris from damaged houses in Jojutla de Juarez on September 20, 2017 a day after a strong quake hit central Mexico. Enrique Castro Sanchez/AFP

Businessmen in ties, students in jeans, doctors in scrubs and other ordinary people from all walks of life have joined professional rescue teams in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Sept. 21, 2017) — Climbing onto a pile of rubble that used to be a building may not seem the most obvious thing to do for someone who has just survived an earthquake. Continue reading Volunteers rush to rescue in aftermath of Mexico earthquake

Desperate parents, missing children at quake-hit Mexico City school

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FLATTENED. Mexican rescue teams look for people trapped in the rubble at the Enrique Rebsamen elementary school in Mexico City on September 20, 2017. Mario Vasquez/AFP

Armed with picks, shovels and even their bare hands, the crew works through the night in their desperate search for survivors in a collapsed elementary school

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Sept. 21, 2017) — Adriana Fargo nervously bites her lip as she waits for news on the fate of her 7-year-old daughter, feared buried in the earthquake-hit remains of a Mexico City elementary and middle school. Continue reading Desperate parents, missing children at quake-hit Mexico City school

‘It was like something you see in a horror movie’: Irma survivors tell of devastation

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Cars piled on top of one another in Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle, on Saint Martin, following Hurricane Irma Photograph: Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP/Getty Images

The worst-hit islands are barely habitable after enduring the destructive power of hurricane’s 185mph winds

September 7, 2017 — “We had cars flying over our head, we had 40ft containers flying left and right,” said Knacyntar Nedd, chairwoman of the Barbuda council. “People were literally tying themselves to roofs with ropes to hold them down.” Continue reading ‘It was like something you see in a horror movie’: Irma survivors tell of devastation

Caritas Manila to help Marawi victims through livelihood

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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

Survivors sought after Colombia mudslide kills 262

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WASTELAND. Women stare at damages caused by mudslides, following heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo department, southern Colombia on April 2, 2017. Luis Robayo/AFP

Survivors recount stories of scrambling onto roofs or hanging onto trees as a sea of mud, boulders and debris engulfed the village of Mocoa

MOCOA, Colombia (Apr. 4, 2017) — Rescuers clawed through mud and timber Monday, April 3, searching for survivors of a mudslide in southern Colombia that killed 262 people, including 43 children, and left relatives desperately seeking loved ones. Continue reading Survivors sought after Colombia mudslide kills 262