Monday, December 26, 2016

Philippines: Typhoon Nock-Ten KillsTthree And Threatens Manila


At least three people were killed in the Philippines by the powerful Nock-Ten typhoon that hit the archipelago on Christmas Day and threatened the capital on Monday.


The storm, which owes its name to a bird of Laos, landed on Sunday at the level of the province of Catanduanes (east) and is expected to evolve on a northwest trajectory, accompanied by winds blowing at 215 km / Philippine Meteorological Agency.

A couple died in a flood and an elderly man was killed in the collapse of a wall, local television reported Al Bichara, governor of the province of Albay (east), one of the most affected areas.
More than 383,000 people were evacuated from their homes as a precautionary measure, and 80 domestic and international flights were canceled, authorities said on Monday.

This very late typhoon for the season greatly annoyed Christmas celebrations in an archipelago where 80% of the population is Catholic.

Nock-Ten progressed Monday at 20 km / h and is expected to touch Manila and its region during the day before continuing its race in the South China Sea.

Monday morning, the metropolis of 13 million inhabitants was abnormally calm for a Boxing Day, most of the inhabitants are lying in their homes.
Civil protection services have announced that the capital is likely to be hit by "intense precipitation, flash floods, and sustained winds". Rescue craft is ready to be launched in case the rivers of the area leave their beds.

"We are on red alert," said Mina Marasigan, spokesperson for the National Council for Disaster Management.

The coast guards banned access to the beaches south of Manila for Monday and the authorities asked the inhabitants of the shanty towns near the sea to evacuate.

- 'Sad Christmas' -

The region of Bicol (east) was hit hardest on Sunday.




This poor and mainly agricultural zone, where 5.5 million people live, is often the first to be affected by the 20 or so typhoons that afflict the archipelago every year.
On Monday, many streets of Ligao, a locality of Bicol, were still under water, the decline leaving the houses muddy.

Erna Angela Pintor, a 20-year-old resident, explained that her family and she had not slept for fear that they gusts would carry away the roof of their house, where they had sought refuge

The region of Bicol (east) was hit hardest on Sunday.
This poor and mainly agricultural zone, where 5.5 million people live, is often the first to be affected by the 20 or so typhoons that afflict the archipelago every year.
On Monday, many streets of Ligao, a locality of Bicol, were still under water, the decline leaving the houses muddy.

Erna Angela Pintor, a 20-year-old resident, explained that her family and she had not slept for fear that they gusts would take away the roof of their house, where refugees had sought refuge neighbors whose home, Was submerged by more than one meter of water.

"At home, the water has only risen to the level of our knees," she told AFP. "Fortunately, the current was not too strong." "It's a sad Christmas. No one (in the family) has been killed, but many houses in the neighborhood are devastated."
For hundreds of people, Christmas was celebrated in gathering centers around survival rations, said Marasigan.

Local officials, however, said Marasigan, however, tried to encourage people to join the centers by using the grilled pig, a traditional Christmas dish in the Philippines.

"Officials in the Bicol region, especially those involved in disaster prevention services, work 24 hours a day, even on Christmas Day, when the typhoon continues to pose a threat to the Bicol region, "Said Martin Andanar, spokesman for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in a statement.
Normally, millions of Filipinos travel annually inside the country to spend the holidays with their families. It is rare for storms to disturb things, as typhoons generally strike the archipelago between June and October.

Scientists believe that the virulence of the storms of recent years is due to climate change.

As of November 2013, 7,350 people had died or were reported missing at the time of Haiyan super typhoon.

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