Monday, 19 November, 2018

Super Typhoon Mangkhut barrels towards Philippines

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| 14 September, 2018, 18:54

The fear of Mangkhut is remembered by the Philippians in the form of Typhoon Haiyan, which had caused huge damage in 2013 causing the death of more than 6,000.

"We are bracing for the worst here", said Lanelyn Carrillo, a spokeswoman for World Vision, a humanitarian organization.

A resident walks as rains from Typhoon "Ompong (Mangkhut) begin to affect Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018".

Northern Luzon is also less densely populated. "We are encouraging the evacuation of threatened areas especially on the coast".

"Nag-improve tayo lahat (We all improved) after Yolanda, hoping and praying na zero casualty this time", Mr. Posadas said. Mangkhut is now a Cat 5 Typhoon packing winds of 285 kmph.

"We're anxious for the 10 million people in the Philippines living in the path of this destructive storm, including those who have been displaced several times due to the monsoon rains last July and August", Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippines Red Cross, said in a statement. Officials said 4 million people will likely be exposed to the storm's most damaging effects.

The Red Cross said it had put teams on the highest level of alert across the island, warning that high winds and torrential rains could cause widespread damage to islands and coastal areas of Luzon.

The storm is expected to arrive on Saturday and do the majority of its damage. "We're expecting stabilization of rice prices in the market within the next two to three weeks", he said.


The typhoon is approaching at the start of the rice and corn harvesting season in Cagayan, a major agricultural producer, and farmers were scrambling to save what they could of their crops, Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba said.

"The impact on our rice supply will only be about 3.6 days", he said, CNN Philippines reported.

In a command conference together with the full Cabinet on Thursday afternoon, September 13, with the storm having entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), Mr. Duterte ordered Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Ricardo B. Jalad, and Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Francis N. Tolentino to go to areas in Northern Luzon where Ompong is headed before leaving PAR by Sunday at the latest. However, Mangkhut is massive in all respects and much more devastating than Florence in terms of destruction, size as well as speed.

Officials in Hong Kong held emergency meetings Wednesday in which all departments were warned to have "their deployment and emergency response plans ready for the possible threats".

The gambling enclave of Macau, near Hong Kong, suffered catastrophic flooding during Typhoon Hato last August that left 10 dead and led to accusations of corruption and incompetence at its meteorological office.

After the Philippines, the Hong Kong Observatory predicts Ompong will plow into the Chinese mainland early Monday south of Hong Kong and north of the island province of Hainan.

Around 12,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying parts of China's Guangdong province and shipping halted, according to state media.

Although the storm will impact both countries, Typhoon Ompong-the name it will be given once it enters the Philipphine Area of Responsibility (PAR)-is strongest of 15 storms that have hit the country this year alone.

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