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Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong) to enhance southwest monsoon

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

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QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The weather bureau PAGASA clarified on Wednesday (September 12) that other parts of the country may also experience rains even those which are not on the direct path of Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong).

This is because the weather system is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon or habagat.

The agency said monsoon rains are now being experienced in the Mindanao region particularly in the Zamboanga Peninsula, northern Mindanao, Siquijor, Surigao Del Norte, Agusan Del Norte, Dinagat Islands, and Lanao Del Sur.

On Thursday (September 13), monsoon rains will also be experienced in Palawan, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas. This weather condition will extend until Friday (September 14) and will include the central Visayas.

By Saturday (September 15), monsoon rains will still prevail over Palawan, the Zamboanga Peninsula, and Western and Central Visayas.

Meanwhile, PAGASA warns of a potential storm surge in the eastern and northern seaboards of Cagayan which is likely to reach up to six meters high.

A storm surge is the rising of the sea associated with a storm. It occurred in 2013 during the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas where most of the houses in the coastal areas were inundated.

According to PAGASA Administrator Vic Malano, Mangkut is likely to reach the wind strength of 220kph paralleled to a super typhoon that can cause widespread damage to high-risk structures and heavy damage to medium-risk ones. – Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo

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UNTV, MCGI extend assistance to stranded Filipinos in Hong Kong

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

A UNTV volunter distributing snack packs to stranded Filipinos in Hong Kong International Airport.

HONG KONG – Some Filipino tourists were robbed of their dream vacation after a strong signal number 10 Typhoon Mangkhut battered the island state over the weekend.

Some of them were first time travelers who did not expect that their excitement would end up in dismay because instead of a comfortable hotel bed, they were compelled to sleep on chairs and eat at the airport.

“Ang hirap po dahil, ang mahal po ng pagkain dito. Tapos wala man lang pong nag-assist sa amin, ni tubig or mahigaan man lang dahil napakalamig po ng sahig dito,” said one Filipino who refused to be identified.

Some of them were vacationing Filipino workers.

Janice Ebo was supposed to take a vacation home in the Philippines. But she did not hear any advisory from her airline company regarding the cancellation of her flight. She was only informed upon her arrival at the airport.

“Hindi ako naabisuhan na na-cancel pala iyong 11:30 na flight, so nakapunta na ako dito,” she said.

Janice was just among the few stranded Filipinos at Hong Kong International Airport who received assistance from volunteers of UNTV and Members, Church of God International (MCGI). Aside from providing them with snacks and drinks, the group also coordinated with the concerned airline companies for immediate rebooking of flights of the stranded Filipinos.

“Napakaswerte namin, kahit ganito ang nangyari sa amin. Hindi pa rin po kami pinababayaan ni Kuya Daniel, salamat po Kuya Daniel sa tulong ninyo po sa amin. Nawa’y magpatuloy po ang kabaitan mo sa ibang tao sa katulad naming OFW na nagtatrabaho, dito. Sana marami pang blessings na darating sa iyo,” Janice said.

Susan Degula and Venus Ragragio, also among the stranded Filipinos, expressed gratitude to the UNTV and MCGI for their assistance.

“Kung hindi po dahil sa inyo, hindi po kami makakauwi agad. Maraming-maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat,” said Susan. – Marje Pelayo (with report from Ferdie Petalio)

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Chinese president sends condolences to Philippines over Typhoon Mangkhut

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018


FILE PHOTO: China’s President Xi Jinping. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday extended condolences to his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte over Typhoon Mangkhut that has hit the Philippines, killing some 65 people.

In his message to Duterte, Xi said the typhoon has caused severe casualties and loss of properties in the Philippines. On behalf of the Chinese government and people, and in his own name, Xi mourned the victims and expressed sympathy to those injured, the bereaved families and the people in the affected area.

Xi said that China and the Philippines are friendly neighbors, and the Chinese people shared the sadness of the Philippine people over their sufferings, and are willing to help as much as possible.

Xi added that he believed that under the leadership of President Duterte and the Philippine government, the Philippine people will quickly overcome the disaster and rebuild their homeland. — Reuters

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11 HK, China flights cancelled due to Tyhoon Mangkhut

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 17th, 2018

Torrential rains and intense gales have grounded airlines and passengers over parts of Asia as Typhoon Mangkhut tears through Hong Kong and China’s Guangdong province.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced that the following flights to Hong Kong and China have been cancelled today, September 17, due to the typhoon:

China Southern
CZ 3078 Manila – Guangzhou

PR382 /383 Manila – Guangzhou – Manila

Cebu Pacific
5J272 / 273, / 5J 110 / 111
Manila – Hong Kong – Manila

Cathay Pacific
CX 906 / 907/ CX 900 / 901
Manila – Hong Kong – Manila

The MIAA advises passengers to get in touch with their respective airline companies.

Source : MIAA

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