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Rice 'safely conserved' in Philippines gene bank

Rice 'safely conserved' in Philippines gene bank

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Scientists say that more than 100 thousand varieties of rice have been safeguarded for the future.Samples in the world's largest rice gene bank in the Philippines are being used to help farmers develop rice crops that can survive drought and flooding.The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) gene bank has secured permanent funding from the Crop Trust.It is part of international efforts to store seeds in gene banks to protect food supplies in a warming world."These seeds are miracles - we believe that in this natural diversity of rice you have almost any trait that you would want to look for," said Marie Haga, executive director of the international non-profit organisation, the Crop Trust.She said rice is relatively easy to...
29 dead in Philippines amid typhoon landslides

29 dead in Philippines amid typhoon landslides

World
Typhoon Mangkhut has left 29 people dead and a trail of destruction across the northern Philippines. The strongest storm in the world this year has now moved on to southern China and densely populated Hong Kong, after causing landslides on the northern tip of the Philippines' Luzon island yesterday.While the worst of the storm has passed in the Philippines, authorities are dealing with the devastation left in its wake.Houses collapsed amid landslides as more than five million people found themselves in the path of the deadly typhoon.Francis Tolentino, an adviser to President Rodrigo Duterte, said most of the fatalities happened in mountainous areas. Image: Mangkhut levelled structures in the Philippines over the weekend ...
2018 world's strongest storm: Mangkhut barrels through Philippines toward China

2018 world's strongest storm: Mangkhut barrels through Philippines toward China

World
The strongest storm on Earth in 2018 barreled through the northern Philippines before dawn on Saturday, bringing with it ferocious winds and torrential rain. Typhoon Mangkhut, known locally as Ompong, made landfall in Cagayan province on northeast Luzon island at 1:40 a.m. local time, according to the country's weather agency, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. It's estimated that the tropical cyclone put at least five million people at risk. Mangkhut, considered the strongest storm on the planet so far this year, was the 15th to hit the Philippines. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center U.S. Navy-U.S. Air Force command, located in Hawaii, had downgraded Mangkhut from a "super typhoon," when it had peak wind speeds of 180 mph, prior to landfall ...
Philippines lashed by winds of more than 100mph

Philippines lashed by winds of more than 100mph

World
Sustained winds of more than 100mph have caused landslides, ripped off roofs and brought down trees in the Philippines as Typhoon Mangkhut pummeled northern areas of the country. Two rescue workers were killed as they tried to free people trapped in the mountainous Cordillera region, Ricardo Jalad, head of the nation's disaster agency said.A body was also found in a river in Manila, police said.In neighbouring Taiwan, a woman died after being swept out to sea. 0:25 Video: ...
'Zero chance' of survival after Philippines mall fire

'Zero chance' of survival after Philippines mall fire

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Dozens of people have died after a shopping mall in the Philippines went up in flames.At least 37 people are believed to have perished after the fire took hold of the four-storey NCCC Mall on Saturday morning in the southern city of Davao.President Rodrigo Duterte, who is from the city, visited victims' relatives outside the burning building on Saturday night.He told them there was "zero" chance their family members had survived, witnesses said.Image:The fire crumpled the four-storey shopping mallThe fire came after about 200people were killed by a tropical storm which displaced tens of thousands of people, mainly in the south, over the past few days.Flames were eventually brought under control early on Sunday morning but fire officials said they had not yet entered the section where they ...