Typhoon Forces Risky Evacuations In Philippines

A powerful typhoon hit the central Philippines Thursday, forcing a complicated and risky evacuation for tens of thousands of people, many of them heading to cramped shelters without proper safety gear to guard against the coronavirus.Typhoon Vongfong sheared roofs from houses, uprooted coconut trees and dumped heavy rain as it made landfall on the island of Samar, sending locals to emergency shelters.Because of the twin threat of the storm and the virus, evacuation centres in the central Phil

15 May 2020

Flood-hit Jakarta residents sue over deadly disaster

Jakarta's governor has been hit with a lawsuit filed by residents of the sprawling city after torrential rain sparked floods and landslides that killed dozens and left thousands homeless, a lawyer said Tuesday.More than 200 flood victims are seeking a total of IDR43 billion (US$3 million) in compensation in the class action, which was filed Monday in Jakarta district court.The suit claims Governor Anies Baswedan was responsible for failing to provide the megacity with a proper early-warn

15 January 2020

Dazzling and deadly: Five facts about volcanoes

The eruption of a volcano near the Philippine capital has delivered a dazzling but highly dangerous spectacle since it began spewing superheated steam on Sunday.The Taal volcano's bursts of lightning and monster clouds of ash have drawn crowds of gaping observers, but also prompted thousands to flee from its fury.Here are five facts about the mix of beauty and terror that volcanoes produce: Lightning Large eruptions sometimes put on a stunning display of lightning strik

14 January 2020

Ash pours from Philippine volcano, halts flights

The Philippines was on alert Monday for the "explosive eruption" of a volcano south of Manila, which officials said could be imminent after a massive column of ash forced a halt to flights at the capital's main airport.

13 January 2020

Is Jakarta doomed?

Indonesia is one of the world's most vulnerable countries to natural disasters, and every year the situation is getting deadlier. Jakarta has been experiencing floods since the 1960s, however, the effects of climate change, sinking and rising sea levels, is endangering more lives each year. A total of 127 lives were lost in the floods of 2007 and 2013, while 66 people were reported dead in the first week of 2020.

10 January 2020

Cambodia collapse: 36 dead, rescue called off

The search for victims in the rubble of a collapsed building in southern Cambodia drew to a close Sunday with the final death toll at 36 - the latest tragedy in a string of deadly construction accidents. Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen, said 23 people had been pulled alive from the rubble of the seven-storey hotel, which crumpled to the ground in seaside Kep on Friday afternoon.On Sunday rescuers also managed to free a dog trapped in the debris."This is yet another tragedy,&quot

6 January 2020

Nine dead after Indonesian capital hit by flooding

Nine people died after Indonesia's capital was hit by its deadliest flooding in years, authorities said Wednesday, as torrential rains on New Year's Eve left vast swathes of the megalopolis submerged.Thousands were evacuated to temporary shelters as electricity was switched off in scores of waterlogged neighbourhoods across greater Jakarta, home to about 30 million people, with some train lines and one of the city's airports also shut.Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigati

2 January 2020

Philippines typhoon death toll climbs to 41

The number of deaths from a powerful storm that hit the Philippines on Christmas has climbed to 41, authorities said Sunday, with tens of thousands still in evacuation centres.Typhoon Phanfone left the Philippines on Saturday after devastating several islands in the central Visayas, including popular tourist destinations, but the extent of the damage continued to grow as assessments came in.The death toll of 41 - up from 28 on Friday - included three boat crew who died after their vessel caps

30 December 2019

Typhoon Phanfone kills at least 16 in Philippines

A typhoon that swept across remote villages and popular tourist areas of the central Philippines on Christmas day claimed at least 16 lives, authorities said on Thursday.Typhoon Phanfone, with gusts reaching 200 kilometres an hour, tore roofs off houses and toppled electric posts as it ripped through the central Philippines on Wednesday.Videos from the typhoon's path showed fallen trees and strong winds pummelling flimsy houses.

27 December 2019

Survivors rescued from collapsed Cambodia building

Two men were pulled alive from the rubble of a collapsed Cambodian building on Monday, more than two days after a construction site accident that left at least 28 dead.Hopes that more survivors would be found under the debris had all but faded, but against the odds two people were cut free from the tangled wreckage and carried out alive."I heard the sound of rescuers, I called for help but they didn't hear me," Ros Sitha, one of the two found alive on Monday, said. &qu

25 June 2019

18 dead in Cambodia building collapse

Victims of a Cambodia building collapse were buried alive as they slept, a survivor said Sunday, as the death toll at the Chinese-owned site rose to 18 and hopes faded for finding more survivors. Tearful onlookers – among them relatives of the missing – waited into Sunday evening as diggers picked through the rubble of the seven-storey building, which was under construction at the time of the accident.The building came down before dawn on Saturday while workers slept."I'm s

24 June 2019