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Cold front lashes central region

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 8:26 am

Affected by the northerly cold front, central provinces in the central region suffered heavy rains and fierce winds up to 89-102 kilometers an hour on Thursday. Several boats were reported drifting at sea.

Hanoi weather is very cold on December 16 (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

At 9am, the same day, rescue forces in Da Nang City, received emergency calls from two fishing boats, which had over 20 men on board.

The boats from Quang Ngai Province went adrift to the dangerous waters off the city’s Son Tra District because of big waves and violent winds.

The Da Nang Maritime Rescue Cooperation Center Zone II immediately dispatched a rescue boat to guide the boats to safety.

In Quang Nam Province, the seas in Cu Lao Cham Island were strongly rough with gusts up to level 11 (103-117 kilometers an hour). Three boats drifted dangerously in the waters. However, local fishermen soon towed them to safety.

In Da Nang City, several people travelling on the Song Han, Tuyen Son and Nguyen Van Troi bridges had been affected by the strong winds.

In the meantime, torrential rains and tornado uprooted trees causing one to fall on a parked car in Phung Hung Street, Hue City.

The heavy rains have also damaged hundreds of hectares of flowers along the Huong and Bo rivers. These were to be on sale for the coming Tet holiday. 

Over the last few days, the northern region has suffered extreme cold, with Lang Son Province being one of worst hit places.

At 4am on Thursday, the top of Mau Son Mountain, which is in the Loc Binh District, began seeing ice and snow, as the temperature dropped to -0.8 degree Celsius.

Northeasterly winds peaked to level seven (50-61 kilometers an hour) in the mountain.

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Source: SGGP

2nd typhoon lashes northern Philippines

In World on October 3, 2009 at 10:43 am

 Powerful winds toppled power poles and trees Saturday in the northern Philippines as the second typhoon in eight days bore down on the country. Farther north, Taiwan began evacuating villages also in the path of the storm.

The Philippines is still reeling from a Sept. 26 typhoon that caused the worst flooding in 40 years and killed 288 people. Officials said Typhoon Parma, was no longer headed for the same heavily populated regions devastated by the earlier storm.

But heavy rain was falling across a swath of the main island of Luzon that is still flooded, and violent winds were battering far-north provinces.

Trees were uprooted and power pylons toppled in the provincial capital of Tuguegarao, local government official Bonifacio Cuarteros told The Associated Press by telephone. In neighboring Isabella, gusting winds knocked a rider off his motorcycle in the street, and trees and billboards were also blown down.

“We pray that we won’t have a worse outcome, but with this kind of situation, we cannot really say,” Cuarteros said.

Residents go on with their normal life amidst floodwaters in Taytay township, Rizal province, east of Manila, Philippines Friday Oct. 2, 2009

Parma was due to strike the Philippines’ northeastern tip sometime after dark Saturday, packing sustained winds that had weakened slightly overnight to 108 mph (175 kph), the national weather bureau said.

Senior forecaster Prisco Nilo warned that heavy rains could trigger landslides and flooding, and strong winds could also create tidal surges “similar to a tsunami” along the eastern coast.

Earlier, chief forecaster Nathaniel Cruz said the risk of a new deluge in Manila had lessened because the storm had changed course, but said it was still dangerous in the north.

“It is good news, especially for those whose houses are still under water,” Cruz said. “But 175 (kph winds) can still uproot trees and destroy houses and blown down roofs.”

Taiwan issued a storm warning and began moving people out of villages in the southern county of Kaohsiung, said local official Lin Chun-chieh. Flash flooding from the last typhoon to hit the Kaohsiung killed about 700 people in August.

“The typhoon could bring torrential rain and trigger flash flooding, so government agencies should be prepared,” Vice Premier Eric Chu was quoted as saying by the government-owned Central News Agency.

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said in a statement that the military would be on standby to help relief efforts if necessary.

Typhoon Ketsana last month damaged the homes of more than 3 million people in the Philippines. It went on to hit other Southeast Asian countries, killing 99 in Vietnam, 14 in Cambodia and 16 in Laos.

It was part of more than a week of destruction in the Asia-Pacific region that has claimed more than 1,500 lives so far: an earthquake Wednesday in Indonesia; a tsunami Tuesday in the Samoan islands; and Typhoon Ketsana across Southeast Asia.

Source: SGGP