Super Typhoon Lekima hit Eastern China; mass evacuation, widespread transport disruption seen

Maris Federez   •   August 10, 2019   •   1164

Images grabbed from a CCTV news broadcast show waves crashing against coast and cars parked in flooded area | Courtesy: Reuters

Super Typhoon Lekima hit Eastern China on Saturday (August 10) blasting the coast with 200 km/h winds and bringing with it heavy rains which have led to mass evacuations, flooding, uprooting trees and widespread transport disruption.

The typhoon made landfall around the city of Wenling in Zhejiang Province around 0145 local time, with wind speeds of up to around 200 km/h according to state broadcaster CCTV.

Some of its wind speeds have been recorded as exceeding 200 km/h making it one of the most powerful typhoons to hit Chinese land in recent decades CCTV added.

800,00 people have been evacuated in Zhejiang province and 200,00 in Shanghai. 2.73 million people have lost power across Zhejiang province and, in what CCTV said was a rather concerning development, at least 49 reservoirs across the province have registered that water levels have now exceeded their normal capacity.

Scores of domestic flights and trains have been canceled and highways have been closed across Zhejiang, CCTV said, extending the disruption which began on Friday (August 9).

By late morning (local time) on Saturday 625 domestic flights had been canceled at China’s five biggest airports.

Since hitting the coast Lekima’s wind speeds have slowed slightly as it has moved north overland through Zhejiang province.

It is predicted to reach Jiangsu province by the early hours (local time) of Sunday (August 11), veer off the land over the Yellow Sea before continuing north and making landfall again in Shandong province where it will remain until August 15th, CCTV said. – REUTERS

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Pagasa-DOST warns against fake posts of Super Typhoon hitting Phl

Maris Federez   •   July 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration-Department of Science and Technology (Pagasa-DOST) has issued a warning against several posts currently circulating online and being shared on various social media platforms stating that there is a tropical cyclone named “Maria” that will be hitting the country as a “Super Typhoon”.

Pagasa issued the following clarification, through a statement released on Sunday (July 25), to prevent unwanted panic on the part of the public.

It said that based on all available data, “apart from Typhoon Infa and Tropical Storm “Nepartak” outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), there are no other tropical cyclones that are expected to enter the PAR and affect the Philippine landmass within the next 3-5 days.”

Pagasa advised the public to only get information being released by the agency through the following official accounts:

  • Website: bagong.pagasa.dost.gov.ph
  • Facebook: Dost_pagasa
  • Twitter: @dost_pagasa
  • YouTube: DOST-PAGASA WEATHER REPORT

The state weather bureau also urged the public to undertake precautionary measures, continue monitoring for updates, and remain vigilant against unofficial information coming from unverified sources.

Garbage still main cause of flooding in NCR — MMDA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Garbage is still the main cause of flooding in the National Capital Region (NCR), according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos Jr. reported there are low areas in the NCR that are prone to flooding but other areas have clogged drainages due to wastes.

He also said that the MMDA is repairing and declogging the pumping stations for the flood water to go to Pasig River.

Sa ngayon ay ginagawa natin ang mga pumping station para i-pump out ang mga tubig na bumabaha. Pero paano mo ipa-pump out kung talagang heavy ang siltation, barado dahil sa basura” he said.

(Presently, we are repairing the pumping stations to pump out the floodwater. But how will you pump it out if there is heavy siltation and it’s clogged due to the garbage.)

In San Andres Pumping Station, around 8 to 10 cubic meters of garbage are collected per day during the rainy season.

The MMDA reminds the public to avoid throwing garbage on the streets. -AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.) 

PCG rescues stranded residents amid heavy flooding in Palawan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 16, 2021

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) assisted in the rescue of 50 residents in El Nido, Palawan amid flooding.

Barangay Manlag, El Nido, Palawan was submerged in floodwater, following torrential rainfall that started at around 7:00 p.m. on Thursday (July 15). The PCG rescued a total of 50 residents, including two infants.

PCG District Palawan Commander, Commodore Genito Basilio said he immediately deployed personnel and assets to assist the local government units of El Nido and other concerned government agencies in ensuring the safety of affected residents.

“Despite our pressing mandate and firm commitment to ensure maritime security and maritime safety in the West Philippine Sea and the Kalayaan Island Group, rest assured the PCG District Palawan and Coast Guard vessels under the Task Force Pagsasanay will always be there to render humanitarian assistance to the people of Palawan,” he said.

The PCG also dispatched personnel to assist rescue and evacuation efforts in Barangay Pasadeña, Barangay Barotuan, and Barangay Libertad. It also assisted a motorbanca who experienced engine trouble during the heavy rainfall.

As of July 16, majority of the rescued residents were able to return to their homes after floodwater subsided in El Nido. AAC

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