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Megi downgraded to tropical depression

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 12:02 pm

BEIJING, Oct 24, 2010 (AFP) – Torrential rain battered southwest China Sunday as Typhoon Megi was downgraded to a tropical depression after wreaking havoc in Taiwan and the Philippines.

Megi, the strongest storm to hit the northwest Pacific in two decades, killed 36 people in the Philippines last week and left 12 dead and two dozen missing in Taiwan as it edged towards China.

A man watches as waves crash into rocks in Zhangpu on October 23, 2010 in Fujian province. AFP

But it lost steam after making landfall in southwest China’s Fujian province late Saturday night and China’s state meteorological bureau downgraded it to a tropical depression early Sunday.

Torrential rains were expected in Fujian and neighbouring Zhejiang province throughout the day, the bureau said.

Taiwanese rescuers continued their search for 25 people left missing after Megi’s heavy rains sparked widespread landslides along a coastal highway on the island.

Emergency workers over the weekend dug up nine bodies buried under the debris of a temple swamped by mudslides, while two more were found in houses and one in a port in northeastern Ilan county, the National Fire Agency said.

On Sunday, rescuers discovered the body of a woman at the site of a landside on the highway, a rescue official told reporters.

Source: SGGP

Typhoon Megi triggers rockslides in Taiwan

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2010 at 7:53 am

Taiwan dispatched helicopters Friday to rescue some 400 tourists trapped on a coastal highway by massive rockslides unleashed by the torrential rains of Typhoon Megi.

The storm, which killed 26 people and wreaked havoc when it crossed the northern Philippines earlier this week, has dumped a record 42 inches (106 centimeters) of rain in notheastern Taiwan as it makes its way toward China’s southeastern coast with winds above 100 mph (160 kph).

A man stands in flood waters brought on Typhoon Megi in the north eastern town of Yilan, Taiwan, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 as it passes south of the island to China.

The helicopters were headed to a scenic highway in Ilan county on island’s northeastern coast where the travelers, including 200 tourists from China, were trapped in their vehicles but safe, Transport Minister Mao Chih-kuo said.

Three cars had tumbled into a valley but the occupants escaped injury, he said.

Soldiers were at the scene with earth-moving equipment but deep mud was hampering rescue efforts, Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu said.

The mudslides had trapped about 30 vans, buses and private cars late Thursday, officials said. One of the vans was hit by a huge rock, local TV stations reported, but the 16 Chinese tourists inside escaped with no major injuries.

Megi was generating winds of 102 mph (165 kph) and was about 280 miles (450 kilometers) southeast of Hong Kong on Friday morning, the Hong Kong Observatory said.

Megi dumped heavy rains throughout Taiwan, but Ilan, about 90 miles (150 kilometers) southeast of Taipei, was the hardest hit. Authorities said more than 2,500 villagers had been evacuated the past two days when rains inundated much of the county.

Earlier this week, Megi slammed into the northern Philippines, killing more than two dozen and damaging thousands of homes.

The storm also forced 55,000 people from their homes in the Philippines, and caused about $175 million worth of damage to infrastructure and crops, according to disaster officials. On Thursday, U.S. Marine transport helicopters brought food and tents to isolated coastal towns, and American troops in the area for annual exercises helped deliver emergency supplies.

In the Chinese territory of Hong Kong, the main port remained partially shut down. Leading port operator Hongkong International Terminals has stopped processing containers but may reopen its terminals later Friday, a company spokesman said.

Megi is predicted to make landfall in China’s Guangdong province Saturday or Sunday, when it is expected to have winds of 90 mph (145 kph) and then further weaken into a tropical storm as it moves inland, according to the observatory.

An official in Guangdong’s Shantou City said fishermen were told to return to ports and authorities have designated some 200 buildings in the city as emergency shelters.

“This kind of strong typhoon is very rare for this season in Shantou. We are treating it as a ‘super strong typhoon’ and making our preparations accordingly,” said a relief official who only gave his surname Chen.

Source: SGGP

Relief workers try to reach Megi survivors in Philippines

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 11:04 am

CAUAYAN, Philippines, Oct 20, 2010 (AFP) – Typhoon Megi inched away from the Philippines on Wednesday after killing 19 people, as relief workers scrambled to deliver aid to remote towns that were devastated by the storm.

The governor of the hardest-hit province of Isabela, Faustino Dy said that residents in three coastal towns had suffered massive damage to their homes and were left with limited food supplies after huge waves washed away roads.

Volunteers help clear mudslide near a house in Baguio City, Benguet province, north of Manila on October 20, 2010. AFP

“Their food supply is only up to Sunday. But going there is very difficult. There is no road to reach them,” Dy told reporters in Cauayan, the closest city to the worst-hit towns.

Dy, who had flown by helicopter to the devastated areas, said that as many as 20,000 people were affected.

Many of them had survived by fleeing into the mountains before Megi hit, he and other officials said.

Regional social welfare chief Arnel Garcia said the government planned to send food and tents to the affected towns of Maconacon, Palanan and Divilacan but that both air and sea travel were dangerous.

“Helicopters have to pass through the mountains and the mountain ranges are often covered with clouds,” Garcia said.

US ambassador Harry Thomas said in a statement that US military personnel and equipment that was already in the Philippines for a joint exercise would be diverted for typhoon relief.

“My embassy team is in constant contact with Philippine authorities and NGO (non-governmental organisation) representatives to determine how we can be of further assistance,” Thomas said in a statement issued by the embassy.

Megi smashed mostly farming and fishing areas of northern Luzon with gusts of 260 kilometres (160 miles) an hour on Monday, making it the strongest typhoon in the world this year.

The three million residents of Isabela province and other areas of the Cagayan Valley farming region were the worst hit.

The government raised the death toll to 19 on Wednesday, up from 14 the previous day, after more detailed reports from around Luzon were compiled.

The civil defence bureau said it was still sheltering over 10,000 people in evacuation centres across northern Luzon while roads were being cleared.

Although the typhoon was already over the South China Sea, the government weather station said it had remained almost stationary on Wednesday, hovering over the western coast of the Philippines.

The typhoon, which is still packing maximum gusts of 210 kilometres (130 miles) per hour, is expected to continue hovering throughout the day before moving northeast towards southern China, the weather station said.

The first level of a four-step storm alert remained in effect over several provinces in the northern Philippines due to continuing rain from the typhoon.

Source: SGGP

Super Typhoon Megi can change direction

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 7:04 am

After hitting Vietnam’s East Sea, the super Typhoon Megi has grown stronger as it approached the Philippines’ Luzon Island, said the National Hydrometeorological Forecast Center.

      Storm Megi direction forecast

The eye of storm was located at 16.7 degrees north latitude and 118.1 degrees east longitude and around 620km to the east of Vietnam’s Hoang Sa Archipelago (Paracel Islands) with gusts from 183-221 kph at noon October 19.

The storm was forecast to move west-northwest with wind speeds of 10-15 kph in the next 24 hours and become stronger even over the next few days.

The storm eye is around 400km to the Hoang Sa Archipelago with gust of over 200kph on October 20 and will move between west-northwest and northwest with wind speed about 10 kph on 21.

Forecasters said waves off the east of East Sea could be great from 12- 14 meters.

According to the weather bureaus throughout the world, the super storm is forecast to head to China.

However, Megi, the strongest storm in the last 20 years in the Eastern East Sea and Pacific region, is a complicated typhoon. It can not give exact forecast of the super typhoon’s course.

In related news, 16 shipwrecked fishermen were rescued from their boat No.0106-Hoa Hai in the Hoang Sa Archipelago region by the Brunei’ naval ship in the evening of October 19. Sinking boat’s captain Nguyen Ngoc Sinh called his family to say they were safe on the same day.

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Source: SGGP

Storm Megi makes landfall in East Sea

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Storm Megi makes landfall in East Sea

QĐND – Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 22:14 (GMT+7)

Storm Megi made landfall in the Eastern East Sea on October 19 with packing winds near the eye of the storm at 150-183 km per hour.

According to National Hydrometeorological Forecast Centre, the eye of storm was located at 16.5 degrees north latitude and 118.6 degrees east longitude. The storm is forecast to move west with wind speeds of 10-15 km per hour in the next 24 hours and become stronger even over the next few days.

The storm is expected to cause heavy seas with winds speeds reaching more than 180 km per hour at its centre. Fishermen have been advised not to go to sea.

Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Typhoon Megi claims 10 lives in the Philippines

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm

The strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines in years killed at least 10 people as it generated waves as big as houses and destroyed swathes of vital rice crops, authorities said Tuesday.

Many areas in the north of the Philippines’ main island of Luzon remained without power and communications facilities, a day after Super Typhoon Megi ripped over the region with wind gusts of 260 kilometres (161 miles) an hour.

The strong winds had subsided by Tuesday as Megi headed out to sea and towards China, although heavy rains continued to fall across large parts of Luzon for a second straight day.

Rescuers were also struggling to reach isolated areas, particularly in the heavily hit coastal communities of Isabela province that bore the brunt of the typhoon, officials said.

A resident carries his dog while wading through floodwaters as super Typhoon Megi, known locally as Juan, hits Cabangan City, Isabela province, northern Philippines October 18, 2010.

“The waves in Maconacon were as big as houses and swamped the town plaza facing the Pacific Ocean,” Isabela governor Faustino Dy said over DZBB radio as he appealed for help.

Dy said water, food and medicine were desperately needed in Maconacon, a village of about 4,000 people that remained isolated and only accessible by helicopter or by small boat.

Three people in Maconacon drowned in the storm surge and many others were wounded on Monday, he said.

Dy said he could not give a full report of the damage to all coastal areas because the 240-kilometre northeastern shoreline of Isabela remained difficult to reach.

But he said nearly 100,000 hectares (247,000 acres) of rice and corn crops had been destroyed across Isabela, one of the Philippines’ key farming regions.

Elsewhere in Luzon, four people were reported killed in Pagansinan province, three of them by a collapsed structure and the other by lightning, the Red Cross said.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Manila had earlier reported three people killed elsewhere in Luzon.

However, after thousands of people had been evacuated well before Megi struck as part of intense preparations that involved the military, there were hopes the death toll would not climb substantially.

The northern parts of Luzon are mostly agricultural and fishing areas, with a few million residents who are well-drilled in preparing for the many storms that hit each year.

“We are hoping that the casualties remain low,” Red Cross secretary general Gwen Pang told AFP.

Motorists drive past a filling station which was toppled by typhoon Megi (local name ‘Juan’) Monday Oct.18, 2010 at Cauayan, Isabelaprovince in northeastern Philippines

“We can’t say it will not go up, but people were more prepared this time.

“What we are expecting is more reports of heavy damage. There are still many areas without power and communications, while some roads are cut off by landslides.”

About 7,900 people in the northern regions of Luzon remained in evacuation centres on Tuesday, the government said, and many areas remained inaccessible because of debris littering the roads.

Megi exited the Philippines’ western coast at midnight (1600 GMT) on Monday, and on Tuesday morning was heading towards Hong Kong and China with wind gusts of up to 195 kilometres an hour, according to the Philippine weather bureau.

Preparing for the storm, China issued a national early disaster warning for regions along the southern coast — Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan.

Hainan island had already been hard-hit by heavy rains in recent weeks.

Authorities called on officials in the Chinese provinces to ensure that people in low-lying areas are evacuated early.

Manila’s state weather bureau said Megi was the strongest typhoon since Typhoon Durian triggered deadly mudslides in the Philippines’ eastern Bicol region in 2006, killing over 1,000 people.

The Philippines is hit with an average of 20 typhoons a year.

Source: SGGP

MARD Minister calls on localities to actively cope with Storm Megi

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm

MARD Minister calls on localities to actively cope with Storm Megi

QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

Localities should co-ordinate with police and soldiers to evacuate people to safe areas, said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Cao Duc Phat on October 18.

The Central Steering Committee for Flood Prevention and Control held an urgent meeting on October 18 to assist in overcoming consequences of Storm Megi and asked localities to actively cope with the storm.

At the meeting, MARD Minister Phat, also head of the Steering Committee for the Flood Prevention and Control asked localities to prepare rescue forces for Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces. MARD also asked the Farming Department to assess damages caused by the storm and prepare breeds and fertilizers to help farmers restore production activities.

Minister Phat also urged these forces to continue to evacuate people in Ha Tinh and Nghe An to safe areas and provide them with water and food, and especially to provide medicines to help Ha Tinh residents deal with seriously polluted water resources.

It is forecast that the water level in Nghe An rivers continued to rise. Until 10am on October 18, floods left 10 dead and more than 100 households were evacuated to safe places. An estimated 15,166 houses were collapsed while more than 25,000 hectares of rice and industrial crops were submerged. Nine communes in the province were totally isolated.

On the occasion, Canon Vietnam presented gifts worth more than VND300 million to  households in Huong Tra and Phu Phong communes, Huong Khe district in Ha Tinh province.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

One dead as Typhoon Megi hits Philippines: govt

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 6:24 am

MANILA, Oct 18, 2010 (AFP) – Typhoon Megi claimed its first victim in the Philippines on Monday with authorities reporting that a fisherman had drowned as the storm brought heavy rain and strong winds.

The man drowned in a river in the northern city of Tuguegarao on Monday morning as Megi approached the area, the nation’s civil defence chief, Benito Ramos, told reporters.

Military rescuers and volunteers prepare life-saving equipments at Camp Aguinaldo in Manila on October 17, 2010. AFP

The northeastern provinces of Cagayan, in which Tuguegarao is situated, and Isabela, were the first to feel the impacts of the typhoon.

Megi, dubbed a “super-typhoon” by government relief agencies, was just off the northeastern coast of the Philippines at 11:30 (0330 GMT), packing wind gusts of up to 260 kilometres per hour, the government weather station said.

Megi was expected to cut across the northern part of Luzon throughout Monday, then exit out towards Vietnam on Tuesday, the weather station said.

The highest level of a four-step storm alert was raised over Isabela and surrounding provinces while lower alerts were in effect over most of Luzon.

Isabela and other provinces in Megi’s direct path are mostly agricultural and fishing areas, with a few million residents who are well-drilled in preparing for the many storms that hit each year.

Over 3,000 people had already been moved from their homes in the northern provinces as part of a “pre-emptive evacuation” of threatened areas, the civil defence office said.

Flights to and from northern Luzon were also suspended and ships there were told not to leave port.

Military, police and relief agencies had positioned supplies and rescue units to provide swift assistance to any affected areas, the civil defence office reported.

Rubber boats, large trucks, heavy equipment and rescue divers were all on standby, ready to be dispatched to areas hit by floods or blocked by landslides, the office said.

The US military and UN representatives were also due to meet with President Benigno Aquino to see how they could help, GMA television reported.

The Philippines is battered by an average of 20 typhoons a year, some of them deadly.

More than 1,100 people were killed when tropical storm Ketsana and typhoon Parma struck Luzon within a week of each other in September and October last year, triggering the worst flooding in recent history.

Source: SGGP