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Philippines: Rescue crew wade through chest-high water to look for survivors after Tropical Storm Megi

At least 53 people have been killed in landslides and flooding in the Philippines as a result of Tropical Storm Megi. Rescue crews are digging through mud and wading through chest-high water to look for survivors in flooded villages. Officials have warned of the death toll from Sunday’s disaster climb. Villages around Baybay city in […]

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Two Filipinos who survived Typhoon Rai devastation die from food and water shortage

Two Filipinos who survived the devastation wrought by Typhoon Rai have died of dehydration, according to local media, as people in storm-ravaged areas pleaded for food and water and officials warned of potential looting in the absence of urgent humanitarian assistance. The deaths on the hard-hit island of Siargao brought the typhoon’s toll to at […]

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‘Complete Carnage’: Death toll from devastating Super Typhoon Rai climbs to 375 in Philippines

At least 375 people are now known to have died after a powerful storm struck the Philippines on Thursday, police say. Super Typhoon Rai with winds of about 195km/h sent some 400,000 people running for safety when it hit the country’s south-eastern islands. At least 500 people were injured and 56 others have been reported […]

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Philippines: Death toll from Super Typhoon Ria tops 100 as authorities struggle to deliver food and supplies

The death toll from the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year has topped 100, official tallies showed on Sunday, as the government struggles to deliver emergency food aid to the most devastated areas of the country. The overall number of reported deaths stands at 108, according to AFP. More than 300,000 people fled […]

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Philippines: Super Typhoon Rai death toll climbs to 31; touristy Siargao island totally devastated

More than 30 people are feared dead and many are missing after a devastating storm swept over the Philippines. Super Typhoon Rai crashed into the country’s southeastern islands on Thursday, levelling homes and bringing winds of about 195km/h. The strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year has toppled power poles, uprooted trees and left […]

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Philippines: Super Typhoon Rai leaves at least 12 dead ; thousands displaced amid widespread floods and damage

A powerful typhoon that battered the central Philippines left at least 12 people dead in massive floods that trapped residents on roofs and damaged buildings, including a hotel and an airport, officials said. Typhoon Rai slightly weakened after slamming ashore on Thursday on the country’s southeastern coast but still packed destructive and deadly winds of […]

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Super Typhoon Rai hits Philippines; thousands flee amid widespread floods and destruction, 13 million affected

Super typhoon Rai struck southern Philippines, forcing thousands of people to take shelter amid warnings of widespread flooding and destruction. The storm made landfall in Siargao, a popular tourist island, packing winds of about 175km/h. Power and communication lines are currently down on parts of Siargao, and the UN says 13 million people could be […]

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Chinese Coast Guard vessels fire water cannons on two Philippines supply boats in the South China Sea

The Philippines condemned “in strongest terms” the actions of three Chinese Coast Guard vessels which blocked and used water cannons on two Manila supply boats on their way to a Philippine-occupied atoll in the South China Sea. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin said no one was hurt during the November 16 incident at the Second […]

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Sara Duterte: Daughter of Philippines leader announces run for vice-president

Sara Duterte, the eldest daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, is to run for vice-president in next year’s elections. The move ends months of speculation about whether she was planning to run in the polls. She had been widely expected to bid to succeed her father, who cannot stand for another term as president. Ms […]

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‘I am not qualified’: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announces retirement from politics

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he would retire from politics and will not stand in elections next year. The 76-year-old leader said last month that he would run for the vice-presidency in 2022. The country’s constitution only permits presidents to serve a single six-year term. But he now says he will withdraw, as “the […]

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Earthquake of 5.7-magnitude hits south of Philippines capital Manila

An earthquake of magnitude 5.7 has struck south of the Philippines capital, Manila. The deep quake struck off Batangas province on Luzon island at 1:12am with residents in the nearby capital of Manila woken by their buildings shaking. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake struck at a depth of 74km. […]

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Manny Pacquiao: Professional boxer to run for Philippines president

Filipino professional boxer Manny Pacquiao will run for president in next year’s general election. He was nominated as a candidate by a faction of the ruling party, PDP-Laban. On top of a glittering career as a fighter, Mr Pacquiao, 42, is a senator in the Philippines’ parliament. Incumbent Rodrigo Duterte is barred from another term […]