Seven killed after fire engulfs Philippine ferry: coast guard

At least seven people were killed and scores plucked to safety in the Philippines on Monday (23 May) after a fire ripped through a ferry and forced passengers to jump overboard, coast guard and witnesses said. The blaze broke out…

Philippines fire kills eight, including children

Eight people have died, including six children, after a fire tore through scores of homes near the Philippines capital Manila, local officials have said. The blaze, which started around 05:00 local time on Monday (22:00 BST on Sunday), also destroyed…

5.8-magnitude offshore earthquake jolts southern Philippines

An offshore earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 jolted Surigao del Sur province in southern Philippines on Sunday, 3 April the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. The institute said the quake, which occurred at 6:24pm local time…

Taal volcano near Philippines’ capital erupts, spewing plume of steam and ash

A small volcano near the Philippines’ capital Manila has erupted, prompting authorities to raise the alert level and urge thousands of residents to evacuate from high-risk villages. The 311m Taal volcano, located in a scenic lake in Batangas province, belched…

Strong earthquakes rattle Philippines and Indonesia

Two strong earthquakes struck parts of the Philippines and Indonesia’s Sumatra Island on Monday (14 March), but there were no immediate reports of damage. A 6.4-magnitude quake hit about 110km off Morong in Bataan province on Luzon Island at 5:05am,…

It’s monsoon season and the death toll keeps rising

The death toll from flooding and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains in India climbed to 159, officials said on Sunday, with rescuers searching for dozens more missing. Experts say climate change has caused the annual deluge to increase in…

Philippine villagers escaping Taal volcano fear evacuation centres could spark Covid-19 outbreak

Thousands of people were being evacuated from villages around a rumbling volcano near the Philippine capital on Friday, but officials said they faced another dilemma of ensuring emergency shelters will not turn into epicentres of Covid-19 infections. The alert was…

Year’s first super typhoon Surigae triggers evacuation of 100,000 in Philippines

Strong winds and high waves lashed the eastern Philippines on Monday, 19 April as the strongest typhoon ever recorded in April barrelled past in the Pacific Ocean, killing one man and triggering flooding in lower-lying communities, disaster officials said. The…

Typhoon-resilient home from natural building products, very cheap

Philippines: Soon after Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines in November 2013, skilled carpenter Gener Paduga was on a boat distributing food and plastic roofs to affected victims in Palawan.  Around him was a harrowing scene of devastation left behind by…

Christmas Typhoon Phanfone’s death toll climbs to 41 in the Philippines

The number of deaths from a powerful typhoon that hit the Philippines on Christmas has climbed to 41, authorities said Sunday (Dec 29), with tens of thousands still in evacuation centres. The death toll of 41 – up from 28…

Children killed in Philippines earthquake

Three children were among five people killed after a powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the southern Philippines, on Thursday (Oct 17).  The earthquake struck the Mindanao region, which makes up the southern third of the Philippines, on Wednesday night. On…

Nine killed as Medi-Vac flight crashes on the way to Manila

All nine people on board the small medical evacuation plane were killed on Sunday when the aircraft crashed into a resort area south of the Philippine capital and exploded in flames, officials said. Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines spokesman…

Fire on Philippine ferry kills 3 and many others injured

A fire broke out on a Lite Ferry that was cruising to Dapitan City from Cebu, prompting some of the terrified passengers to throw themselves overboard. Three people were killed and over 240 plucked to safety after a fire tore through…

Twin Philippine earthquakes kill eight people last Saturday

Eight people were killed and around 60 injured when twin earthquakes of magnitude 5.4 and 5.9 struck islands in the northern Philippines early Saturday (Jul 27) while many were still asleep. The first pre-dawn quake caused five of the casualties,…

Three earthquakes in 20 minutes hit the Philippines yesterday (9th April)

A series of three earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 5.0 to 5.9 have struck the Philippines south of Manila. The strong earthquakes damaged buildings and caused panicked tourists to flee a popular dive resort near the Philippine capital on Saturday.…

Powerful earthquake strikes Mindanao, Philippines

On the morning of Saturday 11th, February at 1.00am, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck killing at least six people in the southern Philippines, injured about 120 others, damaged buildings and the airport. It woke residents from sleep in Surigao del Norte province…

Floods in Vietnam kill 24 with many missing

Typhoon Sarika has left devastation in the Philippines and now impacts on Vietnams Quang Binh province. Twenty-four people have been reported dead with many missing. The heavy rain associated with the Typhoon has seen 90cm fall in a very short…

Pure Force Deploys Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure Software in 30 Cities in Philippines

Pure Force and Rescue Corporation has deployed a nationwide emergency call app and coordinated emergency dispatching system, built upon Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure software, across 30 cities in Philippines. The technologies help police, fire and rescue and emergency medical services…

Forest fires in the Philippines cause evacuations from Mt Apo

A major forest fire broke out on the Philippines, Mt. Apo on Saturday (26 March) and has affected more than 100 hectares of forest cover. Dozens of trekkers, who climbed Mt. Apo during the Holy Week, were evacuated as the…

Pure Force Serving the Public Safety Needs of the Philippines

Nationwide emergency alert number and dispatch center raises safety and security response for the people of Philippines. It all started with a vision – to improve the daily lives of every Philippine citizen for a safer and more secure community.…

Six children among 15 killed in Philippines market fire

The blaze started by what appears to be an electrical fault has claimed the lives of 15 people at a market in southern Philippines. Fifteen people, including six children, have been killed after they were trapped in a burning market in…

E2S Warning Signals provide the critical final link for the Philippines’ tsunami warning system

The 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami killed 230,000 people in 14 countries, and swamped coastal communities with waves up to 30 metres high. Following this tragic event, the UN set up the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System, and although…

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