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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

China evacuates at least 160,000 as typhoon nears

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 11:52 am

BEIJING, Oct 21, 2010 (AFP) – China has evacuated at least 160,000 people from the projected path of Typhoon Megi, authorities said Thursday as they braced for the strongest northwest Pacific storm since 1990.


More than 150,000 people have been evacuated in Fujian province in China’s southeast and tens of thousands of fishing boats were called back to port, Xinhua news agency quoted the province’s flood control authorities as saying.

A handout photo taken on October 19, 2010 and released on October 21 by National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) shows a worker inspecting mangled electric pylons near Gamu and Isabela towns north of Manila, destroyed by Typhoon Megi. AFP

At least another 10,000 were evacuated in neighbouring Guangdong province, authorities there said.


Chinese authorities on Wednesday also halted rail services in some areas as they awaited Megi, which has already wreaked havoc in the Philippines, killing at least 27 people.


It is now making its way towards southern China, where it is expected to make landfall along the Guangdong-Fujian coast by the weekend.


“We expect that the strong winds and torrential rain brought by Megi will increase the probability of geological disasters happening in the south such as floods, land and mudslides,” the National Meteorological Centre said.

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Source: SGGP

Megar typhoon heads to Hong Kong

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm




Megar typhoon heads to Hong Kong


QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 21:50 (GMT+7)

The storm eye was still in the East Sea this morning, October 20. However, forecasters said that it will change direction to Hong Kong.


At 4am this morning, the storm was around 550km from Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago. It is moving at the speed of 10km per hour to the west-north west and north west.


In the next two days, it will change direction to the north. By 7am, October 22, Megi will be around 280km from Hong Kong. One day later, it will be in Hong Kong sea. The radius of the dangerous area will be around 200km.


In the East Sea, the storm is expected to cause heavy rain with winds speeds reaching more than 180 km per hour at its centre. Fishermen have been advised not to go out to sea.


As the strongest storm in the Pacific in the last 20 years, Megi killed at least ten people in the Philippines when it hit this country last night.


In Vietnam, the strongest typhoon in the last 10 years was Xangsane in 2006, which killed over 60 people and damaged more than 200,000 houses, 800 boats, causing the total loss of at least 10 trillion dong.


Source: VietnamNet


Source: QDND

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

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

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.

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Source: SGGP

Super typhoon roars towards Philippines

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

MANILA (AFP) – Typhoon Megi gathered strength as it barrelled towards the northern Philippines on Monday, with authorities evacuating thousands of villagers to safer ground hours before it was to hit land.

Military rescuers and volunteers prepare life-saving equipment at Camp Aguinaldo in Manila. AFP

State weather forecasters said Megi has developed into a super typhoon and was expected to slam into the extreme northern Philippines by Monday and then cut westwards towards the East Sea (Vietnam).


It was then expected to hit China, becoming the country’s strongest typhoon this year and prompting the weather agency to issue its second-highest level of alert, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.


China warned its vessels to take shelter in ports and urged local authorities to prepare for emergencies caused by wind and rain, the report said.


Megi could uproot trees, blow away houses made of light material, trigger landslides and cause storm surges in coastal areas, Philippine authorities said as they began evacuating people from vulnerable areas.


It is expected to hit the northern province of Cagayan on Monday, and as of Sunday afternoon was already 450 kilometres (388 miles) east of the area, the state weather bureau said.


The storm was packing maximum winds of 195 kilometres an hour near the centre and gusts of up to 230 kilometres an hour, making it a super typhoon, forecasters said.


“Some are still gauging the situation, but those who are living in low areas have voluntarily gone to higher ground,” said Benito Ramos, head of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.


He said thousands of people have already temporarily relocated from communities along the Cagayan river system, which had overflowed during previous typhoons.


President Benigno Aquino ordered all government agencies to be on high alert to prevent casualties, while the coast guard was instructed to ban all fishing vessels from setting off to sea in the north.


“The president is reiterating that all agencies concerned should be ready for the approaching super typhoon Juan (Megi),” said Abigail Valte, a deputy spokeswoman for Aquino.


She warned the public against complacency, amid reports that the weather in some northern provinces remained clear as of early Sunday.


But Norma Talosig, regional chief of the Office of Civil Defence, said the government was not ruling out forced evacuation for those who refused to leave their homes despite being told to do so.


“If we have to conduct forced evacuations, we’ll do it for their safety,” Talosig said over national radio. “Our main objective is the safety of the community, the safety of the responders.”


In Manila, disaster officials said food packs, medicine and rescue equipment, including rubber boats, were ready in areas expected to be lashed by the typhoon.


National police spokesman Senior Superintendent Agrimero Cruz said additional search and rescue teams from Manila were en route to the north to bolster forces there.


“We have also declared a full alert status all over the country,” Cruz said.


Relief charities were also mobilising in preparation for any damage by the typhoon.


“We have prepositioned goods as well as a standby supplier for rice in case people will be evacuated here in Isabela. We will continue to monitor the typhoon,” said Fe Olonan, World Vision program manager in Isabela — a province of Luzon which is on high-alert.


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


Tropical Storm Ketsana and Typhoon Parma struck the northern Philippine island of Luzon within a week of each other in September and October last year, triggering the worst flooding in recent history.


The twin storms killed more than 1,000 people, affected nearly 10 million and caused damage worth 4.3 billion dollars according to the World Bank and international humanitarian agencies.


The US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center in its latest advisory Sunday said Megi had undergone “rapid intensification”, but could weaken as it moves across mountainous terrain after hitting Luzon.


Megi would then begin to steadily re-intensify as it leaves the country heading for the East Sea (Vietnam), it said.

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Source: SGGP

Super typhoon roars towards Philippines

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2010 at 10:24 am

Typhoon Megi gathered strength as it barrelled towards the northern Philippines on Sunday, authorities warning of possible forced evacuations and the threat of landslides.


Megi, which has developed into a super typhoon, was expected to be the strongest typhoon of the year in China, forecasters there said, according to the state Xinhua news agency.


The Philippine state weather bureau said Megi, likely to make landfall in the country by Monday, could uproot trees, blow away houses made of light material, trigger landslides and cause storm surges in coastal areas.

A pedestrian jumps over a puddle in a flooded street in Manila on October 16, 2010

As of 11:00 am (0300 GMT), the typhoon was located 520 kilometres (322 miles) east of Cagayan province, on the northeastern coast of the main island of Luzon.


It packed maximum winds of 195 kilometres per hour near the centre and gusts of up to 230 kilometres per hour. Public storm alert warnings have already been hoisted over several northern Philippine provinces.


Norma Talosig, regional chief of the Office of Civil Defence, said the weather was deceptively calm over Cagayan on Sunday, although they expect it to change drastically within the day.


She said residents in low-lying areas as well as those in coastal communities were being advised to move to safer areas and if they refused they would be forcibly evacuated.


“If we have to conduct forced evacuations, we’ll do it for their (residents’) safety,” Talosig said over national radio. “Our main objective is the safety of the community, the safety of the responders.”


In Manila, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said food packs, medicine and rescue equipment, including rubber boats, are ready in areas expected to be lashed by the typhoon.


Council chief Benito Ramos said “preemptive evacuations” were being carried out in some townships in Cagayan, including near rivers that could overflow their banks.


National police spokesman Senior Superintendent Agrimero Cruz said additional search and rescue teams from Manila were en route to the north to bolster forces there.


“We have also declared a full alert status all over the country,” Cruz said.


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


Tropical Storm Ketsana and Typhoon Parma struck Luzon within a week of each other in late September and early October last year, triggering the worst flooding in recent history.


The twin storms killed more than a thousand people, affected nearly 10 million and caused damage worth 4.3 billion dollars according to the World Bank and international humanitarian agencies.


China’s National Meteorological Center said Megi was expected to enter the South China Sea on Monday and could cause wild winds and huge waves in the next three days, Xinhua said.

Source: SGGP

Typhoon looms on East Sea

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:35 pm

The tropical low pressure zone on East Sea is likely to turn into a storm which might approach the waters off the central coast, the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center has said.

The national weather bureau’s chart shows the tropical depression’s path on August 22

On Sunday afternoon, the tropical depression laid centered 16.1 degrees north latitude and 113.5 degrees east longitude, about 160 kilometers east-southeast off Hoang Sa (Spartly) Islands.


The maximum sustained winds near the zone’s eye reached 39-61 kilometers an hour.


Affected by the tropical depression, the country yesterday saw showers.


According to the centre deputy director Le Thanh Hai, The tropical depression would move westward at 15 kilometers an hour to intensify into a storm.


On Monday afternoon, the storm eye will be at 170 kilometers southeastward off China’s Hainan Island.


Areas on the storm’s path will see winds up to 89-102 kilometers an hour.


Vietnam will continue experience rains on wide areas this afternoon.

Source: SGGP

Typhoon Mindulle slams into central Vietnam

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:35 pm

The eye of storm Mindulle, the third of the year, made landfall at about 4 pm on August 24 in Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces, with gusts topping 117 kilometers per hour, delivering high winds and heavy rains to the central coastal provinces and causing huge losses.

A house along the coast in Ha Tinh Province destroyed by huge waves and high winds delivered by Typhoon Mindulle (Photo: SGGP)

Rainfall averaged between 150-330mm in Nghe An, with winds gusting to 107 kilometers an hour, according to the National Hydrometeorological Forecast Center.


The high winds uprooted many trees on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Le Hong Phong and Phan Dang Luu streets in Vinh City, and motorcyclists could barely ride in the strong winds.


Waves rose highly, overflowing into houses and shops along the coast in Cua Lo Town.


Rain falls of 300mm were recorded in Ha Tinh Province, and water levels in rivers increased rapidly.


Waves lapped fiercely and winds gusted to 62-88 kilometers an hour in the province’s coastal areas.


Nguyen Thien, deputy chairman of the province People’s Committee, said the province had asked 14,643 residents in 26 communes in coastal and river mouth areas to evacuate before the storm came.


Rainfall was between 70-150mm with the heaviest fall 343mm on Ly Son Island, Quang Ngai Province.

Quang Tri Province recorded 202mm; Quang Binh Province, 278mm; and Thua Thien-Hue Province, 181mm.


Damage


A whirlwind injured 11 people while 312 houses were unroofed in Thua Thien-Hue Province.


A whirlwind also unroofed 15 houses in Vinh Linh, Hai Lang and Con Co districts, Quang Tri Province.


Heavy rains and whirlwinds submerged 10,500 hectares of summer-autumn rice in Hai Tinh Province, 91,000 hectares of farms in Nghe An Province, 15,000 hectares of rice in Quang Binh Province, and thousands of hectares of rice in Hai Lang, Trieu Phong, Gio Linh and Vinh Linh Districts, Quang Tri Province.


Many provincial streets were flooded up to almost one meter.


Fishing  boats


A fishing boat with 10 fishermen has been still missing in Da Nang Province. The engine on that boat was failed when the boat went to a safe anchorage area in the morning of August 23.


A cargo ship with 12 sailors had been in accidents on sea in Nghe An Province, and a rescue boat sank while trying to salvage the ship.


Two fishing boats sank too in the province when berthing.


A whirlwind sank and destroyed four boats in Quang Tri.


A cargo vessel with six sailors sank in Thanh Hoa Province in the afternoon of August 24, however, all the sailors were saved by fishermen.


Due to the storm, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines announced the cancellation of some domestic flights on August 24.

Source: SGGP