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‘Yolanda’ survivors light candles for lost, dead, pets

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A MAN who survived Supertyphoon “Yolanda” visits the grave of a relative who died at the height of the storm in Palo, Leyte province, as storm survivors continue to struggle for their daily survival amid the toughest of conditions and threats to the flow of relief. RAFFY LERMA

Cupping his hands around the flickering candlelight and shivering in an old white sando that was a size too large for his thin frame, eight-year-old Edcel Earl Balaes planted his slim white candle on the pavement along Real Street, one of this city’s main thoroughfares, as his contribution to the massive candle-lighting ceremony held here at dusk on Tuesday.

Posted: December 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

‘Yolanda’ death toll reaches 5,818

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The death toll in the wake of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: “Haiyan”) on Wednesday neared the 6,000 mark, nearly three times the initial estimate made by President Aquino days after the strongest typhoon to hit land battered Eastern Visayas.

Posted: December 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

2 PCG vessels scour seas off Leyte coastal villages in search for bodies

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Two Philippine Coast Guard search-and-rescue vessels — BRP Nueva Vizcaya and BRP Corregidor – have been patrolling off the coastal villages in Tacloban City and neighboring areas in Leyte and Samar provinces to look for bodies of victims of storm surges brought about by “supertyphoon Yolanda” (international name Haiyan), the PCG spokesperson said.

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

780 more bodies recovered in Leyte

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More bodies turned up eight days after “supertyphoon Yolanda” (international name Haiyan) brought strong winds and tsunami-like storm surges that engulfed this capital of Leyte province.

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Most of the 71 bodies recovered in Iloilo buried in mass graves, say local execs

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Tacloban Airport is covered by debris after powerful Typhoon Haiyan hit Tacloban city, in Leyte province in central Philippines, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. AP FILE PHOTO

“I just want to find my husband and bring him home,” said Margie Molina.

Posted: November 11th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Classes to resume in typhoon-hit provinces by January, says DepEd chief

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Education Secretary Armin Luistro. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Classes will resume in typhoon-devastated areas by January 2013 despite the extensive loss of lives and property, according to Education Secretary Armin Luistro.

Posted: December 16th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Multiple deaths in ComVal families make it difficult to move on

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Bonifacio Adlawan, 54, admitted the difficulty of accepting that his wife, Carmelita, 48, could be among the hundreds who died during typhoon Pablo’s onslaught here last week.

Posted: December 12th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

647 confirmed dead, 780 still missing from typhoon Pablo

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Residents affected by typhoon Pablo beg for aid from passing motorists along a highway at Montevista town, Compostela Valley, on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. The death toll from Pablo has climbed to 647 as rescue workers continued to search for 780 individuals who remained missing as of Monday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.  AP PHOTO/BULLIT MARQUEZ

The death toll from typhoon “Pablo” (international name” Bopha) that struck several provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao last week has climbed to 647 as rescue workers continued to search for 780 individuals who remained missing as of Monday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

Posted: December 10th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘Pablo’ death toll may reach 1,000, say authorities

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Residents affected by typhoon Pablo (Bopha) crowd as relief goods are distributed at New Bataan, Compostela Valley, on Sunday Dec. 9, 2012. Authorities fear that the death toll due to typhoon Pablo could reach 1,000 as almost 600 bodies have been recovered in the two hardest-hit Mindanao provinces. AP PHOTO/BULLIT MARQUEZ

Authorities fear that the death toll due to typhoon Pablo (international codename: Bopha) could reach 1,000 as almost 600 bodies have been recovered in the two hardest-hit Mindanao provinces.

Posted: December 9th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘What a Christmas gift?’ Cagayan de Oro residents cry of floods

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With toppled trees and debris scattered everywhere, residents of this city must have thought that the worst of Pablo had passed.

Posted: December 6th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Illegal mining, logging blamed for high death toll in Compostela Valley

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Environment and natural resources officials attributed on Thursday the high number of casualties in several Compostela Valley towns to unheeded government warnings on typhoon Pablo, emphasizing that illegal logging and illegal mining were to blame for the devastation.

Posted: December 6th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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