WIDESPREAD FLOODING. Waist to neck-deep flood engulfs parts of Legazpi City, prompting the city government to suspend classes in all levels on Wednesday afternoon, January 3. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara orders evacuation of families living in areas vulnerable to landslides and flooding
MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 3, 2018) — Torrential rain brought by Tropical Storm Agaton, aggravated by the tail-end of the cold front, caused flooding in low-lying areas of Albay province.
Continue reading Flooding hits Albay due to heavy rain INJURED. An earthquake victim is aided at Sulaimaniyah Hospital on November 12, 2017, in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq. Shwan Mohammed/AFP The quake took place along a 1,500 kilometer fault line between the Arabia and Eurasia tectonic plates, the USGS says
SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq (Nov. 13, 2017) — A 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border late Sunday, November 12, killing at least 36 people and injuring hundreds more, triggering landslides that were hindering the rescue effort, officials said.
Continue reading At least 36 killed as strong quake rocks Iran-Iraq border Satellite image as of October 18, 11 pm. Image courtesy of NOAA Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Caraga should expect more moderate to heavy rain
MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 18, 2017) — More rain is expected as Typhoon Paolo (Lan) maintained its strength and speed late Wednesday evening, October 18.
Continue reading More rain on Thursday due to Typhoon Paolo Satellite image as of October 17, 11 pm. Image courtesy of PAGASA Paolo (Lan) now has maximum winds of 105 km/h and gustiness of up to 130 km/h
MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 17, 2017) — Severe Tropical Storm Paolo (Lan) slightly intensified and accelerated a bit as it continued moving over the Philippine Sea on Tuesday evening, October 17.
Continue reading Severe Tropical Storm Paolo slightly intensifies Image by Rappler.com Authorities in the remote Himalayan state of Sikkim say the 6 died when their home was swept away by a landside following a monsoon deluge
MUMBAI, India (Sept. 21, 2017) — Six people were killed on Wednesday, September 20, in a landslide in northeast India, while heavy rain in the western city of Mumbai caused havoc after a plane skidded off the runway and became stuck in mud.
Continue reading 6 die in mudslide, plane stuck as heavy rain lashes parts of India PREPAREDNESS. The NDRRMC conducts a pre-disaster risk assessment meeting in preparation for Typhoon Talim and the low pressure area east of Quezon. Photo from NDRRMC Residents in areas likely to be affected are advised to take the necessary precautionary measures and are alerted against possible flooding and landslides
MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 11, 2017) — Ahead of the entry of Typhoon Talim into the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) held a pre-disaster risk assessment meeting with concerned government agencies and local government units (LGUs) on Monday, September 11.
Continue reading LGUs told to prepare for Typhoon Talim, low pressure area A passenger bus moves through a waterlogged road in Mumbai. Photograph: Shailesh Andrade Hundreds dead in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, while millions have been forced from their homes and 18,000 schools shut down across the region
August 31, 2017 — Heavy monsoon rains have brought Mumbai to a halt for a second day as the worst floods to strike south Asia in years continued to exact a deadly toll.
Continue reading South Asia floods kill 1,200 and shut 1.8 million children out of school SWEPT. Rescuers are conducting retrieval operations as 4 residents were buried alive in a landslide, Tuesday morning, August 22. Photo from LDRRMC Kabasalan A mountain collapses in Kabasalan town in Zamboanga Sibugay province after heavy downpour brought by Severe Tropical Storm Isang
MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 23, 2017) — Four died while 3 were injured from a landslide caused by heavy rains in Kabasalan town in Zamboanga Sibugay province, local disaster managers reported on Wednesday, August 23.
Continue reading 4 dead as landslide sweeps village in Zamboanga Sibugay MASSIVE FLOODING. Indian villagers attempt to cross floodwaters with the help of rope and empty canisters next to a washed away portion of a bridge at Palsa village in Purnia district in Bihar state on August 18, 2017. Photo by Diptendu Dutta/AFP Over a million people are forced to flee their homes due to the massive flooding
NEW DELHI, India (Aug. 21, 2017) — The confirmed death toll passed 700 and more than a million were driven from their homes as large swathes of South Asia reeled under monsoon floods Sunday, August 20, officials said.
Continue reading At least 700 killed in South Asia floods ‘Whole families have been destroyed in this disaster.’ People wait in a line to identify their relatives’ bodies at after the mudslides. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images As the weather gets more extreme, the poorest suffer the most. As well as helping the mudslide’s survivors, we must face up to the effects of climate change
August 17, 2017 — “We have lost everything,” my friend cried as we talked on the phone. I had last seen her the week before, after returning home after a year working as a doctor in Sierra Leone. She
Continue reading I’ve seen how perilous life in Sierra Leone can be. We cannot ignore this disaster