Gov’t-mandated ‘coastal greenbelts’ eyed to protect typhoon-prone areas

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A lawmaker from Bicol – one of the provinces hardest and most often hit by typhoons – is recommending the creation of mangrove buffer zones along vulnerable coastlines. With several typhoons affecting the country each year, a greenbelt of mangroves and beach...

‘Stronger’ storms feared as dry spell forecast in PHL

Manila, Philippines |AFP|  – The disaster-haunted Philippines is likely to be hit by stronger typhoons this year as warming ocean surfaces contribute to a dry spell, the state weather service warned Wednesday. The Asian archipelago, whipped by about 20 typhoons and storms each...

No tsunami threat in PH after Indonesia quake

MANILA, Nov 15 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said there is no threat of a tsunami to the Philippines following a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Indonesia on Saturday morning. “Yun pong lindol sa Indonesia ay hindi...

Palace says DENR may conduct consultations on no-build zone rule in Tacloban

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Saturday said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources may schedule consultations with other stakeholders concerning the no-build zone policy, which prohibits the construction of structures within 40 meters from the shoreline, in areas...

San Diego Red Cross recognizes PALA’s support of worldwide disaster relief

PALA, CA – The San Diego-Imperial Counties chapter of the American Red Cross recently expressed its gratitude and appreciation to the management and all the team members of Pala Casino Spa & Resort for the casino’s ongoing financial support of its worldwide disaster relief...

Stunned Kerry says US won’t abandon typhoon-hit PHL

By Jay Directo TACLOBAN (AFP) – A stunned Secretary of State John Kerry toured a typhoon-devastated Philippine city on Wednesday, pledging more US aid as its Asian ally appealed for international help to fund an $8.17 billion rebuilding plan. “This is a devastation unlike...

Mass vaccinations for typhoon-affected children

TACLOBAN  (AFP) – A mass vaccination program has been launched in Philippine communities that were devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan to protect children against measles and polio, UN agencies said Wednesday. The campaign began this week with 30,000 children being vaccinated in...

Japan medics bring high-tech fixes to PHL

TACLOBAN  (AFP) – Japanese medics working to help victims of the Philippines typhoon have deployed wireless mobile X-ray kits using tablet computers, a world first in a disaster zone, a team spokesman said Saturday. The technology, which was developed after the huge tsunami that...

Yolanda ‘very much like a tsunami’ – UN

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Satellite images processed by a specialized United Nations program reveal that super typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) looked “very much like a tsunami” that eradicated entire towns in the Philippines, an analyst from the United Nations Institute for Training and...

US marines in typhoon rescue race

By Jason Gutierrez TACLOBAN, November 11, 2013 (AFP) – US marines on Monday joined a frantic effort to rescue famished survivors of a typhoon that may have killed 10,000 people in the Philippines, as the government declared a national emergency and security forces struggled to...
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