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Manila: The Philippines on Sunday reported the country’s first death from the novel coronavirus, making it the first country outside China to report a fatality. The victim was a 44-year-old Chinese male from the city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, who came to the Philippines via Hong Kong on January 21, Xinhua news […]

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Manila: The Philippines on Sunday reported the country’s first death from the novel coronavirus, making it the first country outside China to report a fatality.

The victim was a 44-year-old Chinese male from the city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, who came to the Philippines via Hong Kong on January 21, Xinhua news agency quoted Health Secretary Francisco Duque as saying.

Duque told the media here that the unidentified man, who died on Saturday, was the second confirmed case in the Philippines.

He said the man was the companion of the previously confirmed 38-year-old Chinese female. They were both isolated and were given supportive treatment at a hospital in Manila.

The victim was admitted for pneumonia on January 25 after experiencing fever, cough and sore throat, Duque said.

“Over the course of the patient’s admission he developed severe pneumonia. In his last few days the patient was stable and showed signs of improvement. However, the condition of the patient deteriorated within the last 24 hours resulting in his demise,” the Secretary added.

Duque said the Philippines is currently working with the Chinese Embassy in Manila “to ensure the dignified management of the remains according to national and international standards to contain the disease”.

The Philippines said the man will be cremated.

As of Sunday, Chinese authorities put the toll at 304, with a total of 14,380 infected cases in the country alone.

(IANS)

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16,700 Evacuated As Philippines Volcano Spews Lava https://odishatv.in/world/7742-people-evacuated-as-philippines-volcano-spews-lava-427786 Mon, 13 Jan 2020 05:28:16 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=427786

Manila: Some 16,700 people were evacuated on Monday as the Taal Volcano in the Philippines started spewing lava, while the ash fall reached the capital Manila, some 70 km away. The displaced people were taken to 45 evacuation centres authorized by the authorities in the most affected municipalities of San Nicolas, Balete, Talisay, Lipa (Batangas […]

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Manila: Some 16,700 people were evacuated on Monday as the Taal Volcano in the Philippines started spewing lava, while the ash fall reached the capital Manila, some 70 km away.

The displaced people were taken to 45 evacuation centres authorized by the authorities in the most affected municipalities of San Nicolas, Balete, Talisay, Lipa (Batangas province) and Tagaytay (Cavite), according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The regional civil defence spokesperson, Lexie Masiglat, told Efe news that the evacuation protocol was still ongoing, meaning that the number of evacuees was set to continue increasing over the next hours.

Of those evacuated, some 2,000 people are residents of the small volcanic island on Lake Taal that is starting to erupt.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the threat level from 1 to 4 on a scale of 5 after an increase in activity within Taal’s crater resulted in the billowing of a huge plume of smoke that reached heights of around 1 km.

An alert level of 4 implies that a dangerous eruption could be imminent and that there is a risk of a volcanic tsunami, as Taal – one of the smallest volcanoes in the world – is located in the middle of the lake.

The director of PHILVOCS, Renato Solidum, said in a Monday press conference that the spewing of lava does not mean that the volcano has necessarily entered the dangerous explosive eruption phase, though he did not reject that possibility, either.

In the last 24 hours, up to 75 earthquakes of volcanic origin have been recorded, 32 of them of noticeable intensity, including one of magnitude 3.8 during early Monday morning.

Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila and Clark International Airport (about 90 km north of the capital), partially resumed operations after having been shut down due to lack of visibility, leading to the cancellation of at least 109 international and 87 domestic flights that left thousands of passengers stranded.

Educational institutions and government offices in Manila and Calabarzon region, where the provinces of Batangas and Cavite – most affected by the eruption – are located, have been suspended.

The areas surrounding the volcano have been covered by a thick layer of ash and toxic smoke, prompting the health department to recommend against going outdoors or using masks and glasses if doing so.

The department also discouraged people from driving, as visibility is limited and the ground has become slippery because of ash.

Teams from the Philippine Red Cross have moved to the area to assist in evacuation efforts, while the Philippine Armed Forces have been put on alert and sent five trucks to move evacuees.

The volcano, which has erupted 33 times since 1572, killed some 1,300 people in an eruption in 1911 and 200 in 1965.

Taal volcano is an island within the lake of the same name, located within a caldera formed by a previous eruption and is part of a volcanic chain that extends through the western region of the island of Luzon.

(IANS)

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Typhoon Phanfone toll reaches 28 in Philippines https://odishatv.in/world/typhoon-phanfone-toll-reaches-28-in-philippines-424129 Fri, 27 Dec 2019 06:34:27 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=424129

Manila: Typhoon Phanfone has left at least 28 people dead in the Philippines, with two injured and 12 missings, authorities said on Friday. The storm, locally named Ursula, on Wednesday and Thursday made its way through the central region of the country with strong rains and gusts of wind up to 195 kph, reports Efe news. […]

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Manila: Typhoon Phanfone has left at least 28 people dead in the Philippines, with two injured and 12 missings, authorities said on Friday.

The storm, locally named Ursula, on Wednesday and Thursday made its way through the central region of the country with strong rains and gusts of wind up to 195 kph, reports Efe news.

The eye of the typhoon on Tuesday had moved outside of the archipelago, and as of Friday morning it was around 335 km west of Subic municipality in Zambales province, northwest of Manila, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in its latest report.

It was moving 10 kph in a northwest direction, carrying lowered maximum sustained winds of 120 kph and gusts up to 150 kph.

Nineteen of the deaths and two people who suffered injuries occurred on the island of Panay, in the Western Visayas region, with one death on Cebu and eight on Leyte, Biliran and Samar islands.

The typhoon also caused heavy rains and floods on its way to the northwest of the archipelago.

On Tuesday, 34 boat passengers remained stranded, the NDRRMC said.

Phanfone destroyed boats and houses, caused floods, forced some 39,000 people to return to temporary shelters and left nearly 90 municipalities without electricity.

Damages and losses reported, mostly in the Visayas, were so far valued by the Department of Agriculture at $11.2 million, affecting over 43,000 farmers and fishers, while more than 4,6000 hectares of rice, corn and cassava were damaged.

The damages to fisheries, including fishponds, cages, seaweed, boats, rafts and boundary markers, account for just under $11.2 million.

The typhoon also damaged over 60,000 hectares of crops, such as rice, coconut and corn, in the Visayas, the costs of which are still being evaluated.

Between 15 and 20 typhoons make landfall in the Philippines every year during the rainy season, which begins around the months of May and June and usually ends between November and December.

In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan – with gusts of winds up to 235 kph – killed more than 6,300 people, leaving over 1,000 missing.

(IANS)

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2 Killed In Philippines Earthquake https://odishatv.in/world/6-6-magnitude-earthquake-jolts-philippines-411638 Tue, 29 Oct 2019 07:46:58 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=411638

Manila: At least two people were killed and over 300 others injured in a 6.6-magnitude earthquake which struck Cotabato province in Philippines on Tuesday, officials said. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the inland tremor, which struck at 9.04 a.m. local time hit at a depth of 7 km, about 25 km […]

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Manila: At least two people were killed and over 300 others injured in a 6.6-magnitude earthquake which struck Cotabato province in Philippines on Tuesday, officials said.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the inland tremor, which struck at 9.04 a.m. local time hit at a depth of 7 km, about 25 km southeast of Tulunan town, reports Xinhua news agency.

It was the second powerful earthquake that rocked the province in the central Mindanao region this month. Tulunan town was also the epicenter of the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that jolted the region on October 16.

The tremor, which was tectonic in origin, so far triggered dozens of large and small aftershocks, ranging from magnitude of 1.5 to 6.1, the institute said.

More than an hour after the initial quake, the institute recorded a 6.1-magnitude aftershock.

The powerful earthquake was strongly felt in the cities of Kidapawan, Davao, Koronadal, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Zamboanga and also the Sarangani and Bukidnon provinces.

Local officials said the strong earthquake sent panicking people out of their houses and buildings.

The officials said the tremor cut the power supply in many of the affected provinces, knocked down electric posts and shattered glass.

Patients of a hospital in Kidapawan were evacuated out of the building for safety, they added.

The tremor forced local government units to suspend classes and work in the region.

The Philippines, which lies along the Pacific Ring of Fire, is surrounded by numerous active faults and trenches on both sides of the archipelago.

The country has frequent seismic activity, registering quakes every day, though most are not felt.

Phivolcs records an average of 20 earthquakes a day and 100 to 150 earthquakes are felt per year.

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Strong Quake Leaves Many Dead In Philippines Island https://odishatv.in/world/strong-quake-leaves-many-dead-in-philippines-island-409241 Thu, 17 Oct 2019 04:14:23 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=409241

Manila: At least five people were killed and 60 injured after a magnitude-6.4 earthquake hit the island of Mindanao, southern Philippines, local media reported Thursday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) registered the earthquake on Wednesday at 7.37 pm local time (11.37 GMT) at magnitude-6.3 at a depth of 15 km. The quake […]

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Manila: At least five people were killed and 60 injured after a magnitude-6.4 earthquake hit the island of Mindanao, southern Philippines, local media reported Thursday.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) registered the earthquake on Wednesday at 7.37 pm local time (11.37 GMT) at magnitude-6.3 at a depth of 15 km.

The quake was followed by some 246 aftershocks, including two tremors above magnitude-5, according to Phivolcs.

In Tulunam, North Cotabato province, a seven-year-old girl died in a house collapse due to the earthquake, the epicenter of which was located 22 km from the city.

In the nearby city of Kidapawan, a man died of a heart attack during the tremor, which had a magnitude of 6.4 at a depth of 14.1 km according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Another two-year-old girl died in a house collapse, and two people died due to a landslide in the city of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur province, according to Phivolcs.

In Magsaysay, most homes were “totally destroyed,” said city hall spokesman Anthony Allada.

In General Santos, also in Davao del Sur, a shopping center caught fire after the earthquake, although an official casualty count has not been disclosed.

The Philippines sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of great seismic and volcanic activity that is shaken by about 7,000 tremors a year, mostly moderate.

This year the country has suffered several earthquakes of over magnitude-5.

The deadliest occurred in the province of Pampanga last April, which left 16 dead, and another last July in Batanes on the northern tip of the country, leaving nine dead.

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6.4-magnitude quake hits Philippines https://odishatv.in/world/6-4-magnitude-quake-hits-philippines-409172 Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:35:17 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=409172

Manila: A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the southern Philippines island of Mindanao on Wednesday, authorities said. There were no reports of any casualties or structural damages, Efe news reported. The US Geological Survey, which records worldwide seismic activity, said the earthquake occurred at 7.37 pm local time (5.07 pm IST) and its epicentre was located some […]

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Manila: A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the southern Philippines island of Mindanao on Wednesday, authorities said.

There were no reports of any casualties or structural damages, Efe news reported.

The US Geological Survey, which records worldwide seismic activity, said the earthquake occurred at 7.37 pm local time (5.07 pm IST) and its epicentre was located some 7.7 km (4.7 miles) from the Columbia locality.

The tremor was recorded at a depth of 14 km.

The Philippines is located along the Ring of Fire, a region of high volcanic and seismic activity that is shaken every year by some 7,000 quakes, most of them moderate.

Earthquakes with a magnitude higher than 5 are recorded sporadically in southern Mindanao, Batanes and the eastern region of Bicol.

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Philippines quake toll increases to 16 https://odishatv.in/world/6-5-magnitude-earthquake-jolts-philippines-366159 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 07:19:41 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=366159

Manila: The death toll in Monday’s 6.1-magnitude quake that struck the Philippines’ Luzon Island has increased to 16, amid ongoing efforts to rescue around 30 missing people who were trapped under a collapsed commercial centre, authorities said on Tuesday. Fifteen of the victims were from the Pampanga province, in the central part of the island […]

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Manila: The death toll in Monday’s 6.1-magnitude quake that struck the Philippines’ Luzon Island has increased to 16, amid ongoing efforts to rescue around 30 missing people who were trapped under a collapsed commercial centre, authorities said on Tuesday.

Fifteen of the victims were from the Pampanga province, in the central part of the island and some 100 km north of Manila, according to latest figures provided by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Lilia Pineda, governor of Pampanga, urged the central government to declare a state of emergency so that provincial authorities can provide assistance to survivors and help those whose homes have been destroyed or damaged, reports Efe news.

So far, nine people have been rescued from the four-storey mall in Porac that collapsed, while five people have been confirmed dead.

According to the NDRRMC, 81 people have been injured and 14 others remain missing.

Roads, bridges, railway lines and Clark International Airport all sustained severe damages.

The airport would remain closed until at least Wednesday morning, airport officials told local media.

A 17th-century church in Porac was also severely damaged after its bell tower fell.

Over 400 aftershocks have been registered following the quake, although most were of low intensity.

The earthquake was followed by another temblor of 6.3-magnitude in Eastern Samar province, located in the central part of the Philippines, on Tuesday, although no casualties have been reported.

The Philippines is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire, a region of high volcanic and seismic activities, that is shaken every year by some 7,000, mostly-moderate, quakes.

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2.6 million children at risk in Philippines measles outbreak https://odishatv.in/world/2-6-million-children-at-risk-in-philippines-measles-outbreak-357060 Fri, 08 Mar 2019 11:02:29 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=357060

Manila: Health experts have warned that about 2.6 million children in the Philippines were at risk due to a measles outbreak in the country as more people have died from the disease this year than in all of 2018, the media reported on Friday. The outbreak has killed 261 people this year alone and most […]

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Manila: Health experts have warned that about 2.6 million children in the Philippines were at risk due to a measles outbreak in the country as more people have died from the disease this year than in all of 2018, the media reported on Friday.

The outbreak has killed 261 people this year alone and most of the victims were children aged under five, a 547 per cent increase that the previous year with 202 deaths, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) found.

“It is completely unacceptable that children are still dying from measles in 2019,” CNN quoted Richard Gordon, chairman and CEO of the Philippines Red Cross, as saying on Friday.

The IFRC, with the Philippines’ Department of Health, is now aiming to immunise all unvaccinated children across seven of the “hardest-hit regions” over the next 12 months.

“We are drawing on the skills and dedication of our two million Red Cross volunteers to go door-to-door and neighbourhood-to-neighbourhood,” Gordon added.

Filipinos’ confidence in vaccines fell dramatically after a 2014 scandal involving a new dengue fever vaccine, Dengvaxia.

Those with no history of dengue were at a greater risk of developing a more severe form of the disease after having the vaccination.

Rudy Constantino, Director of the Philippines Department of Health Disease Prevention and Control Bureau, told CNN that vaccine levels for measles, flu and other diseases dropped from 70 per cent in 2017 to 39 per cent in 2018 “because of the Dengvaxia scare”.

Gundo Weiler, the World Health Organization representative to the Philippines, said the country was now suffering from a measles outbreak “every three to four years”, pointing to large-scale outbreaks in 2011 and 2014.

The Philippines outbreak comes after global measles cases increased by 48.4 per cent between 2017 and 2018, according to UNICEF analysis.

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7.1-magnitude quake jolts Philippines https://odishatv.in/world/7-1-magnitude-quake-jolts-philippines-343720 Sat, 29 Dec 2018 06:33:52 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=343720

Manila: A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the Davao Oriental province in the Philippine island of Mindanao on Saturday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. No damage has been reported by the Philippine government yet. The institute said the quake hit at 11.39 a.m. (Philippines time) at a depth of 49 km. […]

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Manila: A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the Davao Oriental province in the Philippine island of Mindanao on Saturday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

No damage has been reported by the Philippine government yet.

The institute said the quake hit at 11.39 a.m. (Philippines time) at a depth of 49 km. The epicentre was located 162 km southeast of Governor Generoso in Davao Oriental, Xinhua news agency reported.

A tsunami warning has been issued.

According to CNN, the US Geological Survey (USGS) initially said the earthquake was 7.2 magnitude and later, revised that number to 6.9, and then to 7.

The Phivolcs said the tremor, which was tectonic in origin, is not expected to cause damage but major aftershocks are expected, Xinhua reported.

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Miss Universe 2018: Philippines bags crown, India fails to make it to Top 20 https://odishatv.in/nation/miss-universe-2018-philippines-bags-crown-india-fails-to-make-it-to-top-20-340107 Mon, 17 Dec 2018 05:19:54 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=340107

Bangkok: India’s Nehal Chudasama failed to make it to the Top 20 of the Miss Universe 2018 pageant, where Catriona Elisa Gray from Philippines pipped 93 contestants from around the world to emerge the winner — as chosen by an all-women jury. India had pinned high hopes on Nehal, 22, to end a long drought […]

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Bangkok: India’s Nehal Chudasama failed to make it to the Top 20 of the Miss Universe 2018 pageant, where Catriona Elisa Gray from Philippines pipped 93 contestants from around the world to emerge the winner — as chosen by an all-women jury.

India had pinned high hopes on Nehal, 22, to end a long drought for the country at the pageant as Lara Dutta had last brought back the crown in 2000.

But South Africa’s Tamaryn Green, a medical student, and Venezuela’s Sthefany Guterrez, studying to be a lawyer, secured the first runner-up and second runner-up spots at the gala ceremony, where Spain’s Angela Ponce made history as the first transgender woman to contend for the title of Miss Universe.

Hosted by Emmy Award-winning Steve Harvey, the show here on Sunday saw Gray taking an ecstatic first walk as Miss Universe in a dazzling red gown with a thigh-high slit. She was crowned by Miss Universe 2017 Demi Leigh Nel-Peters, who comes from South Africa.

Gray holds a Master Certificate in Music Theory. An adventure junkie, she is an HIV/AIDS advocate and volunteers as a Teacher’s Assistant to the students at an NGO according to the official Miss Universe website.

In the final question round, Gray was asked about the most important lesson she has learnt in life and how would she apply it in her time as Miss Universe.

She said: “I work a lot in the slums of Manila and life there is very poor and sad. I have always taught myself to look for the beauty in it, to look for the beauty in the faces of the children, and I would bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations with a silver lining and to asses where I could give something and provide something.

“And if I could also teach people to be grateful, we could have an amazing world where negativity would not brew and foster, and children would have a smile on their face.”

Earlier in the competition, Gray was asked about her views on legalisation of marijuana. She said: “I am all for it being used in medical use but not so much for recreational use, because I think if people were to argue what about cigarettes and alcohol… Well, everything is good, but in moderation.”

The competition began with the Top 20, with five semi-finalists being chosen from each region — The Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific, as well as a Wild Card category.

In a newly formed segment, the contestants were made to make an ‘Opening Statement’, giving out a message for the world.

Then, the contestants were narrowed down to the Top 10, leading to the swimsuit and evening gown rounds. They were further streamlined to the Top 5 and were asked interesting questions ranging from issues like MeToo to immigration.

Singer Ne-Yo lent a musical touch and Ponce took a proud walk down the ramp, winning a standing ovation for representing diversity and inclusion in its true sense.

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Philippines’ Catriono Elisa Gray crowned Miss Universe 2018 https://odishatv.in/world/philippines-catriono-elisa-gray-crowned-miss-universe-2018-340093 Mon, 17 Dec 2018 04:18:38 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=340093

Bangkok: Catriona Elisa Gray from Philippines was crowned Miss Universe 2018 at a gala ceremony, where representatives from South Africa and Venezuela secured the first runner-up and second runner-up spots. India’s Nehal Chudasama failed to make it to the Top 20. Gray was ecstatic as she took her first walk as Miss Universe in a […]

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Bangkok: Catriona Elisa Gray from Philippines was crowned Miss Universe 2018 at a gala ceremony, where representatives from South Africa and Venezuela secured the first runner-up and second runner-up spots. India’s Nehal Chudasama failed to make it to the Top 20.

Gray was ecstatic as she took her first walk as Miss Universe in a dazzling red gown with a thigh-high slit. She was crowned by Miss Universe 2017 Demi Leigh Nel-Peters, who comes from South Africa.

In the final question round, Gray was asked about the most important lesson she has learnt in life and how would she apply it in her time as Miss Universe.

She said: “I work a lot in the slums of Manila and life there is very poor and sad. I have always taught myself to look for the beauty in it, to look for the beauty in the faces of the children, and I would bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations with a silver lining and to asses where I could give something and provide something.

“And if I could also teach people to be grateful, we could have an amazing world where negativity would not brew and foster, and children would have a smile on their face.”negativity.”

The winner, who pipped 93 other contestants to win the title, has a love for the arts and holds a Master Certificate in Music Theory. She is an adventure junkie and is passionate about her love for Filipino dishes including adobo, balut and the sweetest mangoes in the world.

As for her philanthropic side, she is an HIV/AIDS advocate at Love Yourself PH and volunteers as a Teacher’s Assistant to the students of Young Focus NGO, according to the official Miss Universe website.

South Africa’s Tamaryn Green was named the first runner-up. A medical student, her favourite quote is from Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

The second runner-up, Miss Venezeula Sthefany Guterrez is studying to be a lawyer in her home country.

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Typhoon Mangkhut hits mainland China, lashes Hong Kong https://odishatv.in/world/typhoon-mangkhut-hits-mainland-china-lashes-hong-kong-321991 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 04:39:02 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=321991

Beijing/Hong Kong: Typhoon Mangkhut, the world’s strongest storm this year, continued its path of destruction across Southeast Asia, reaching mainland China after pummeling Hong Kong and killing dozens in the Philippines, authorities said on Monday. Mangkhut is now expected to move inland of China’s western Guangdong on Monday. While the storm has weakened, a T8 […]

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Beijing/Hong Kong: Typhoon Mangkhut, the world’s strongest storm this year, continued its path of destruction across Southeast Asia, reaching mainland China after pummeling Hong Kong and killing dozens in the Philippines, authorities said on Monday.

Mangkhut is now expected to move inland of China’s western Guangdong on Monday. While the storm has weakened, a T8 warning was still in place into Sunday evening — meaning that winds with speeds of about 63 kph were expected, CNN reported.

The storm has carved a deadly trail across the region, killing two people in southern China and at least 54 people in the Philippines, with more than 250,000 people affected.

Many of the Philippines’ deaths were caused by landslides, with dozens more still believed to be buried beneath the deluge, government officials said at a news conference on Sunday.

More than 2.45 million people have been evacuated in Guangdong as Mangkhut made landfall on Sunday night, according to Chinese state media.

Some 18,327 emergency shelters had been activated in the province, and that 632 tourism and 29,611 construction sites had been shut down.

As Mangkhut moved toward the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong was also buffeted by fierce winds that tore off roofs, downed trees and caused cranes perched atop half-built skyscrapers to swing ominously.

Hong Kong’s weather observatory issued its highest storm warning alert — a signal T10 — and the normally bustling city was all but shut down as transport was suspended and torrential rain flooded roads and buildings.

Winds of 173 kph and gusts of up to 223 kph were reported, stronger than Hurricane Florence that hit North Carolina over the weekend. There were no reported deaths in Hong Kong.

Airports in Shenzhen, a technology hub across the border from Hong Kong, and on the resort island of Hainan also cancelled all flights.

Mangkhut is still expected to bring heavy rain to Hong Kong, with flood warnings in place for low-lying areas.

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Philippine typhoon toll increases to 25 https://odishatv.in/world/philippine-typhoon-toll-increases-to-25-321909 Sun, 16 Sep 2018 07:31:27 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=321909

Manila: The death toll due to typhoon Mangkhut slamming the Philippines rose to 25 on Sunday while dozens were still reported missing, authorities said. Presidential adviser Francis Tolentino confirmed these figures in Cagayan province, where the season’s most powerful typhoon made landfall on Saturday morning, reports Efe news. Most of the deaths occurred due to […]

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Manila: The death toll due to typhoon Mangkhut slamming the Philippines rose to 25 on Sunday while dozens were still reported missing, authorities said.

Presidential adviser Francis Tolentino confirmed these figures in Cagayan province, where the season’s most powerful typhoon made landfall on Saturday morning, reports Efe news.

Most of the deaths occurred due to landslides in mountainous regions, which received torrential rainfall and strong winds during Mangkhut’s passage.

Twenty of them occurred in Cordillera region, four in Nueva Ecija and one in Ilocos, according to national government figures.

According to Tolentino, at the moment there is no information on victims in the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela, on the north-eastern coast of the island of Luzon.

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to visit the affected areas on Sunday and inspect the damage.

After making landfall in Baggao in the north-eastern most tip of the country, Mangkhut caused wind gusts of up to 305 kph, torrential rains, floods and waves of up to six metres.

In its westward trajectory, the typhoon weakened slightly and left the Philippine area of responsibility at around 9 p.m., heading towards Hong Kong with sustained winds of 170 kph.

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Super typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall into Philippines https://odishatv.in/world/super-typhoon-mangkhut-makes-landfall-into-philippines-321667 Sat, 15 Sep 2018 04:56:09 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=321667

Manila: Super typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in the Philippines on Saturday, bringing with it ferocious gale-force winds and pounding rains, as aid agencies warn millions are at risk from rising flood waters and landslides. Mangkhut, the strongest storm anywhere on the planet in 2018, made landfall in Cagayan province, on the northern tip of Luzon […]

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Manila: Super typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in the Philippines on Saturday, bringing with it ferocious gale-force winds and pounding rains, as aid agencies warn millions are at risk from rising flood waters and landslides.

Mangkhut, the strongest storm anywhere on the planet in 2018, made landfall in Cagayan province, on the northern tip of Luzon Island at about 2.30 a.m., with gusts as high as 325 km per hour, reports CNN.

After the centre of the storm passed the Philippines, Mangkhut’s winds slowed enough for the typhoon to lose its “super” status, but it remains a very powerful storm system with maximum sustained winds of 215 kph, equivalent to a category 4 hurricane.

It’s now pounding the Philippines with heavy rain, and heading west into the South China Sea towards Hong Kong and southern China.

An estimated 5.2 million people are within 125 km of the projected path of the super typhoon, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The scale of the typhoon could be felt in the Philippines capital Manila, more than 340 km from the eye of the storm, where heavy overnight rains have led to widespread flooding in urban areas.

Mangkhut is on track to be as strong as super typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 6,000 people dead in the Philippines in 2013, though that storm hit a more populated part of the country.

Northern Luzon was also devastated in 2016 by super typhoon Haima, with 14,000 houses destroyed and 50,000 homes damaged, according to CNN Philippines.

Mangkhut is expected to make landfall early Sunday in southern China. It will make another landfall on Sunday night in western Guangdong.

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Temper behaviour in South China Sea, Duterte tells China https://odishatv.in/world/temper-behaviour-in-south-china-sea-duterte-tells-china-315774 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:36:35 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=315774

Manila: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has urged China to temper its behaviour in the disputed areas of South China Sea. In a speech delivered on Tuesday night at the presidential palace, Duterte, who has sought improved ties with Beijing since taking office two years ago, called on China to respect countries’ right of passage through […]

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Manila: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has urged China to temper its behaviour in the disputed areas of South China Sea.

In a speech delivered on Tuesday night at the presidential palace, Duterte, who has sought improved ties with Beijing since taking office two years ago, called on China to respect countries’ right of passage through waters Scarborough Shoal and the Spratly Islands.

He said that it was “wrong” that China claims these disputed waters as its territories since they are “considered a part of international sea” and “the right of innocent passage is guaranteed”, according to the official transcript of a speech provided on Wednesday.

“You cannot create an island. It’s man-made and you say that the air above these artificial islands is yours,” Duterte was cited as saying by Efe news.

Despite a ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) two years ago which attributed the rights in the area to Manila, Beijing went on to occupy the territories and build large artificial islands with military facilities.

“They have to rethink that, because that would be a flashpoint someday and even, you know, warning others,” he said.

In recent weeks, the Philippines media has published videos and recordings of radio transmissions in which the Chinese Coast Guards, in a threatening tone, asked foreign boats to leave the disputed waters.

The Philippines, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei claim all or parts of the Spratly Islands, but Beijing has built artificial islands on the reefs to de facto appropriate them.

This is the first time that Duterte has openly condemned the Chinese military presence in the disputed Scarborough Shoal and the Spratly Islands.

During his two years in office, he chose not to explicitly claim Manila’s rights over them, by virtue of the favourable ruling of the PCA, in exchange for Chinese investment.

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Philippines LGBT church holds mass wedding for same-sex couples https://odishatv.in/world/philippines-lgbt-church-holds-mass-wedding-for-same-sex-couples-304476 Sun, 24 Jun 2018 11:36:18 +0000 http://odishatv.in/?p=304476

Manila: A LGBT church in the Philippines’ Quezon city on Sunday held a mass wedding for same-sex couples. The mass wedding at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight (LGBTS) Christian Church started at 8 a.m. in the morning, reports Efe news. The Church, which had been at the forefront of a campaign urging the […]

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Manila: A LGBT church in the Philippines’ Quezon city on Sunday held a mass wedding for same-sex couples.

The mass wedding at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight (LGBTS) Christian Church started at 8 a.m. in the morning, reports Efe news.

The Church, which had been at the forefront of a campaign urging the Philippines government to pass a marriage equality bill, holds mass LGBT weddings, known as Holy Unions, every year.

The Church’s website clarifies that the ceremony is pure rituals, without the legal sanctity of a heterosexual marriage ceremony.

“Unfortunately, in the Philippines we have no Marriage Equality Law or the Same-Sex Marriage Law yet,” a guideline on the same sex Holy Union on the website said.

The country’s Supreme Court on June 19 began hearing a petition that urged the government to legalise same-sex marriage in the country.

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Tremors felt in Philippines https://odishatv.in/world/tremors-felt-in-philippines-288527 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 03:58:52 +0000 http://odishatv.in/?p=288527

Manila: An earthquake measuring 5.4-magnitude on the Richter scale hit Philippine’s main Luzon island on Monday, the volcanology and seismology institute said. The quake struck at 3.43 a.m. 39 km east of Gonzaga town in Cagayan at a depth of 23 km, Xinhua news agency reported. No damages were reported. The tremors were also felt […]

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Manila: An earthquake measuring 5.4-magnitude on the Richter scale hit Philippine’s main Luzon island on Monday, the volcanology and seismology institute said.

The quake struck at 3.43 a.m. 39 km east of Gonzaga town in Cagayan at a depth of 23 km, Xinhua news agency reported. No damages were reported.

The tremors were also felt in Santiago and Laoag City. Aftershocks were expected, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

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7 dead as small plane crash-lands in Philippines https://odishatv.in/world/7-dead-as-small-plane-crash-lands-in-philippines-282766 Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:56:31 +0000 http://odishatv.in/?p=282766

Manila: A small plane crash-landed on a house shortly after it took off from Plaridel airstrip in Bulacan province of Manila on Saturday, killing seven, authorities said. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said all six people, including the two pilots aboard the six-seater twin-engined Piper PA-23 Apache plane, were killed. Police said […]

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Manila: A small plane crash-landed on a house shortly after it took off from Plaridel airstrip in Bulacan province of Manila on Saturday, killing seven, authorities said.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said all six people, including the two pilots aboard the six-seater twin-engined Piper PA-23 Apache plane, were killed.

Police said the plane landed on a house and erupted in flames. A resident of the house was also killed, Xinhua reported.

CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio said the plane, operated by Lite Express, crashed in a residential area a few minutes after it took off at 11.21 a.m. It was reportedly bound for Laoag City in Ilocos Norter province.

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31st Asean Summit begins in Manila https://odishatv.in/world/31st-asean-summit-begins-in-manila-254015 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 05:13:08 +0000 http://odishatv.in/?p=254015

Manila: The 31st Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) began with leaders of 10 member-nations and dialogue partners convening to discuss security, cooperation and regional integration here in Philippines on Monday. The Philippines, Asean’s rotating chair for 2017, set the theme of “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”, putting security and regional […]

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Manila: The 31st Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) began with leaders of 10 member-nations and dialogue partners convening to discuss security, cooperation and regional integration here in Philippines on Monday.

The Philippines, Asean’s rotating chair for 2017, set the theme of “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”, putting security and regional integrity high on the agenda, reports Xinhua news agency.

At the opening ceremony, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that the next two days will present excellent opportunities for Asean leaders and their dialogue partners to engage in meaningful discussions on matters of regional and intentional importance.

“Terrorism and violent extremism endanger the peace, stability and security of our region because these threats know no boundaries,” he said, adding that piracy and armed robbery on the seas also put a dent on growth and disrupt the stability of both regional and global commerce.

The non-traditional security issues are challenging “the prosperity of regional economies, the integrity of our institutions, and more importantly the safety of Asean people”, Duterte said.

On regional cooperation, Duterte said it “has been a pleasure to work with our Asean family and the dialogue partners in moving the Asean community forward in enhancing cooperation in various areas”.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also attended the opening ceremony.

Related meetings scheduled for Monday and Tuesday include the Asean+1 summits, Asean+3 (China, Japan and South Korea) Summit and the East Asia Summit.

Asean countries and more than 10 dialogue partners, including international organisations such as the European Union (EU) and the UN, will discuss issues of common concern.

Leaders of 10 Asean countries and six of its dialogue partners, namely Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand, will meet for their first Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) leaders’ meeting on Tuesday, the first such meeting after related negotiations started in 2012.

Asean Secretary General Le Luong Minh will attend the meeting.

At the closing ceremony of the Asean summit and related summits on Tuesday, Duterte will hand over the chairmanship of Asean to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, the incoming chair for 2018.

Established in 1967, Asean, which groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

The Asean Community, with the Political-Security Community, the Economic Community and the Socio-Cultural Community as three pillars, was established at the end of 2015.

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Miss Asia Pacific International-2017: Odia girl Sonika Roy to represent India https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/body-slider/miss-asia-pacific-international-2017-odia-girl-sonika-roy-to-represent-india-250655 Wed, 25 Oct 2017 04:32:50 +0000 http://odishatv.in/?p=250655

Bhubaneswar: Odia girl Sonika Roy, the Femina Miss India finalist and winner of Miss India Asia Pacific International 2017, will be adding another feather to her cap as she will be representing India in Miss Asia Pacific International 2017 to be held in Philippines. The competition will start from November 10 and will continue till […]

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Bhubaneswar: Odia girl Sonika Roy, the Femina Miss India finalist and winner of Miss India Asia Pacific International 2017, will be adding another feather to her cap as she will be representing India in Miss Asia Pacific International 2017 to be held in Philippines.

The competition will start from November 10 and will continue till November 30.

Roy received the invitation from Miss Asia Pacific International Organisation on October 20. She expressed her gratitude to the organization through social media for giving her such opportunity.

Before her journey to the island country, she met Odisha Governor SC Jamir at Raj Bhawan on Tuesday. “It’s my honour to meet Governor of Odisha SC Jamir at the Governor House. Really happy and proud to be born in Odisha and above all proud to represent India at Philippines for Miss Asia Pacific International 2017 along with participants from 60 other countries. Thank u all for your love and blessings,” she posted on her Facebook account.

Also Read: Odia girl Sonika eyes Miss Asia Pacific International crown

Roy is toiling hard to give her best in the competition. “I am spending 12 hours a day for the competition unlike earlier times. If a girl from India, especially from Odisha excels in an international event, it would be a real honour for all,” she told media.

In this year’s edition, Tessa le Conge of the Netherlands will crown her successor.

An actress, Sonika was among the top three finalists in Femina Miss India -2017, which was eventually won by Christeena Biju.

Sources added, India has won the pageant thrice in the past.  The first Indian to win the title was famous Bollywood actress Zeenat Aman.  She had achieved the feat in 1970.  Then Tara Anne Fonseca had won the title in 1973.  After a gap of 27 years, Diya Mirza had bagged it in 2000.

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5.4 magnitude quake hits Philippines https://odishatv.in/world/5-4-magnitude-quake-hits-philippines-231306 Sat, 05 Aug 2017 04:37:47 +0000 http://odishatv.in/?p=231306

Manila: An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale struck parts of southern Philippines on Saturday. No damage was reported but there could be numerous aftershocks, state seismologists said. The moderately quake which occurred at around 8.30 a.m. was traced 22 km southeast of Malapatan township at a depth of 30 km, the Philippine Institute of […]

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Manila: An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale struck parts of southern Philippines on Saturday. No damage was reported but there could be numerous aftershocks, state seismologists said.

The moderately quake which occurred at around 8.30 a.m. was traced 22 km southeast of Malapatan township at a depth of 30 km, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The intensity of the quake in Digos was five.

The Philippines sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire where continental plates collide, causing frequent quakes and volcanic activity.

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Trump invites Philippines’ Duterte to White House https://odishatv.in/world/trump-invites-philippines-duterte-to-white-house-210809 Sun, 30 Apr 2017 05:43:47 +0000 http://odishatv.in/?p=210809

Washington: US President Donald Trump has invited his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte to the White House, an official statement announced. “President Trump enjoyed the conversation and said that he is looking forward to visiting the Philippines in November,” the statement said on Saturday, adding that Trump invited Duterte to the White House “to discuss the […]

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Washington: US President Donald Trump has invited his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte to the White House, an official statement announced.

“President Trump enjoyed the conversation and said that he is looking forward to visiting the Philippines in November,” the statement said on Saturday, adding that Trump invited Duterte to the White House “to discuss the importance of the US-Philippines alliance.”

The White House statement noted that Trump and Duterte discussed the country’s war on drugs, The Hill magazine reported.

“They also discussed the fact that the Philippine government is fighting very hard to rid its country of drugs, a scourge that affects many countries throughout the world,” it added.

Duterte made headlines last year when he told former President Barack Obama to “go to hell” after he criticised the Philippine leader’s drug war.

“I am the President of a sovereign country, and I am not answerable to anyone except the Filipino people. Son of a b***h, I will swear at you,” Duterte said.

Since he took office last year, Duterte has encouraged the extrajudicial killings of thousands of citizens accused of dealing or using drugs, reports the magazine.

He also compared his campaign to kill criminals to the Holocaust.

The Filipino leader also compared himself to Trump earlier this month, praising the US President as “a realistic and a pragmatic thinker” and saying of his approach to tackling illegal drug trade “he will really kill you”.

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30 policemen killed in Philippines https://odishatv.in/world/30-policemen-killed-in-philippines-67267 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:51:57 +0000 http://www.odishatv.in/?p=67267

At least 30 Philippine policemen were killed in a gun battle with alleged members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the province of Maguindanao today

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Manila: At least 30 Philippine policemen were killed in a gun battle with alleged members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the province of Maguindanao today.

Police said the clashes occurred in the early hours of the day in Mamasapano town.

Restituto Padilla, spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said army soldiers were later deployed to retrieve the body of the slain policemen. He said the military retrieved bodies of “nine out of the more than 30 (policemen) killed”.

While the military helped in extricating police casualties, the policemen were conducting operations against lawless elements and carrying out a warrant of arrest, Padilla added.

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