Typhoon Bopha

Is Philippines heading for a natural disaster? Super typhoon a warning of worse to come

A hard-hit area in the Compostela Valley (far left), Mindanao, after Super Typhoon Bopha smashed through the southern Philippines; locals carry a body (left) after flash floods hit New Bataan; residents in New Bataan (below) plead for relief food. Photos: AP, AFP, Reuters, Xinhua

When Super Typhoon Bopha struck without warning before dawn, flattening the walls of their home, Maria Amparo Jenobiagon, her two daughters and her grandchildren ran for their lives.

Tuesday, 19 February, 2013, 10:50am

Sluggish relief a blow to typhoon-hit Philippines

Typhoon Bopha wreaked devastation in Mindanao. Photo: AFP

Two months ago, Typhoon Bopha struck Mindanao in the southern Philippines. It's hard to explain the devastation that such a storm can wreak but, when I arrived there as an aid co-ordinator, I was met by scenes of devastation: palm trees splintered like giant toothpicks; mud, trees and debris from broken homes scattered everywhere.

18 Feb 2013 - 1:55am

UN launches aid appeal for Philippine typhoon victims

A father and his children collect coconuts among debris swept ashore at the height of Typhoon Bopha. The government is still feeding thousands of homeless survivors and building shelters for them after entire towns were wiped out. Photo: AFP

The United Nations launched an appeal on Friday for more international aid to help nearly a million people in the Philippines as they recover from last year’s deadliest typhoon in the world.

25 Jan 2013 - 1:57pm

Briefs, December 24, 2012

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24 Dec 2012 - 5:06am

‘No Christmas’ for Philippine typhoon victims

Children eating boiled eggs at an evacuation centre in Poblacion, in the southern Philippines, this month. Photo: EPA

Survivors of a typhoon that ravaged the southern Philippines will bypass Christmas this year as they hole up in evacuation centres and continue to bury their dead, officials said on Sunday.

Instead of presents and carols, thousands of people on the island of Mindanao will be more concerned with food, water and shelter, civil defence chief Benito Ramos said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Philippines typhoon death toll tops 1,000

Philippine Army personnel unload relief goods to be transported to regions affected by Typhoon Bopha on Saturday. Photo: AFP

The death toll from a typhoon that devastated the southern Philippines earlier this month has topped 1,000 as hundreds more remain missing, the government said on Sunday.

Typhoon Bopha killed 1,020 people, mostly on the southern island of Mindanao where floods and landslides caused major damage on December 4, civil defence chief Benito Ramos said.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:41pm

Filipino fishermen rescued, 261 still missing

Residents look through lists of missing people posted in New Bataan. Photo: AFP

Low-flying search planes spotted three Filipino fishermen drifting at sea and flashing mirrors to signal for help, as authorities stepped up the search Wednesday for 261 others still missing.

12 Dec 2012 - 7:39pm

Typhoon reduces Philippine farmers to beggars

A resident at Montevista township begs for aid from passing motorists in Compostela Valley. Photo: AP

The secluded valley that sheltered Jerry Blanco’s banana crop from communist and Muslim rebellions offered no refuge from Typhoon Bopha, which left him destitute in seconds.

11 Dec 2012 - 2:37pm

UN launches Philippine typhoon aid appeal

Residents affected by Typhoon Bopha beg for aid from passing motorists along a highway at Montevista township, southern Philippines, on Sunday. Photo: AP

The United Nations launched a US$65 million global aid appeal on Monday to help hundreds of thousands of people affected by a deadly typhoon that ravaged the Philippines.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:54pm

Briefs, December 10, 2012

Families beg for food in typhoon aftermath

10 Dec 2012 - 3:17am

Hundreds of fishermen missing in Philippine storm

Typhoon-affected residents wait for relief food in a heavily damaged town of New Bataan of Compostela Valley Province, the Philippines, on Sunday. Photo: Xinhua

The number of people missing after a typhoon devastated parts of the southern Philippines jumped to nearly 900 after families and fishing companies reported losing contact with more than 300 fishermen at sea, officials said on Sunday.

9 Dec 2012 - 8:46pm

Killer Typhoon Bopha heads back to Philippines

UN aid officials found "100 per cent destruction" in Bopha's wake, a spokeswoman said. Photo: EPA

A powerful typhoon that has killed hundreds of people and wreaked devastation in the Philippines was set to smash into the country again today, forecasters warned.

Typhoon Bopha had looked to be heading away after destroying whole communities in the south, but the official weather agency said it had unexpectedly turned and would hit again in the early hours, this time in the north.

9 Dec 2012 - 3:41am

Philippines typhoon victims pack into homeless shelters as death toll rises

Among the 306,000 left homeless were 2,000 people huddled in a gymnasium in New Bataan. Photo: EPA

Hundreds of thousands of survivors of a deadly Philippines typhoon crammed into overcrowded shelters yesterday, braving the stench of corpses as the government vowed action to prevent storm disasters.

8 Dec 2012 - 3:42am

Philippine camps overflow as typhoon toll passes 500

Flash flood victims wait for relief supplies at an evacuation centre in New Bataan. Photo: AP

Hundreds of thousands of survivors of a deadly typhoon crammed into packed shelters on Friday, braving the stench of corpses as the government vowed aid.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Philippines storm kills 477, tens of thousands homeless

Typhoon Bopha leaves a home wrecked in New Bataan town in the southern Philippines. Photo: AFP

A quarter of a million people were homeless and 477 confirmed dead after the Philippines’ worst typhoon this year, as the government appealed for international help.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am