Super Typhoon Lekima hit Eastern China; mass evacuation, widespread transport disruption seen
Maris Federez • August 10, 2019 • 1164
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
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.”
PRESS STATEMENT 25 July 2021 There are posts currently circulating online and being shared in various social networking services stating there is a tropical cyclone named “MARIA” will be hitting the country as a “Super Typhoon”…. pic.twitter.com/vEXKRz9zCp
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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