In closing the island to visitors,  Dutertewas responding to numerous government inspections following his criticism in February of sanitary conditions on the island. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A decision by the Philippines to close the holiday hotspot of Boracay, which President Rodrigo Duterte has called a “cesspool”, prompted airlines Thur(...)

People move to safer ground in the town of Marabot, Samar island, Philippines, 6th December 2014, ahead of Typhoon Hagupit. Photograph: EPA/Francis R. Malasig

Irish charities Plan Ireland and GOAL are preparing response efforts in the Philippines as Typhoon Hagupit is predicted to make landfall on Saturday.O(...)

Filipino residents evacuate to safer ground in the town of Marabot, Samar island, Philippines, 6th December 2014. Photograph: EPA/Francis R. Malasig

Aid workers have described deserted streets and scenes of destruction in the Philippines as a typhoon started to work its way across the country.Power(...)

Residents with their belongings ride  to an evacuation center in Tacloban city, central Philippines on December 4th, 2014. Photograph: Reuters

Tens of thousands of people fled coastal villages and landslide-prone areas in the central Philippines on Friday as typhoon Hagupit neared.The storm h(...)