China: Flights canceled as typhoon approaches



Flights canceled as typhoon approaches

Over 100 flights have been canceled at Shanghai’s two airports on Tuesday morning due to rain and thunder brought by the approaching Typhoon Mitag.

Pudong and Hongqiao international airports issued alerts for convective cloud clusters enveloping both airports around 7am. Over 70 flights were then canceled at the Pudong airport and another 30 were canceled at Hongqiao.

The alerts were removed around 8am as weather conditions improved at both airports, but downpours and thunder are still expected to influence flights at the airports as the typhoon moves closer to the city.

China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines have announced the cancellation of over 90 domestic flights mainly in east and southeast China for Tuesday. Half of the cancelled flights were scheduled to take off or land at the Pudong or Hongqiao airports.

Air China has cancelled 13 flights to or from the Pudong and Hongqiao airports on Tuesday. A dozen of the carrier’s flights between Pudong and northeast, southeast and northwest China have been cancelled in advance.

China Eastern has promised effected passengers free refunds or schedule change services within a week. Passengers are advised to check their flights on the airlines’ app or the official website of the Shanghai Airport Authority before heading to the airports.

The city’s airports expect to handle over 2.3 million passengers during the holiday from Tuesday — 1.5 million at Pudong and 860,000 at Hongqiao.

The peak day for travelers leaving from both airports will be on Tuesday, with most flying back between October 5 and 7, the authority said.

On peak days, Pudong will handle some 220,000 passengers while Hongqiao will have 130,000.

The Hongqiao airport has beefed up its security check measures through Wednesday.

Passengers are suggested to allow additional time before takeoff and simplify their luggage. All electronic devices and portable chargers must be removed from carry-on baggage for manual inspections.

Shanghai China: Typhoon Tapah soaks the city



Typhoon Tapah soaks the city

Typhoon Tapah soaks the city


People brave strong winds and rain as Typhoon Tapah hit Shanghai on September 21, 2019.

Typhoon Tapah has brought heavy rain to Shanghai’s eastern parts as well as northeastern Zhejiang Province after it entered the East China Sea at 5am on Saturday morning.

According to the National Meteorological Center, Tapah’s center was at 27.3 degrees north and 125.3 degrees east, about 700 kilometers south of Jeju Island, South Korea, at 2pm, moving northwards at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau issued a blue typhoon alert at 11am for strong gusts in coastal areas until Sunday night. Winds will strengthen in the city on Saturday and start to weaken on Sunday night.

Parts of the city will receive up to 70 millimeters of rain on Saturday and Sunday with the hourly precipitation as much as 30 millimeters.

Next week the cloudy skies will return with the mercury ranging from 19 to 27 degrees Celsius.

As the weather is gets cooler, autumn approaches, officially requiring average daily temperatures at or below 22 degrees for five days in a row.

Generally, Shanghai enters autumn in October 2. In the past decade, the earliest autumn came on September 19, 2011 and the latest on November 15, 2013.

Bahama’s Residents Ask: Where Is Our Government?



By Kirk SempleFrances RoblesRachel Knowles and 

MARSH HARBOUR, the Bahamas — In the hours and days after Hurricane Dorian tore through the Bahamas’ Abaco Islands, the first government rescuers many residents saw were American. Coast Guard helicopters cut through the sky to evacuate the sick and wounded.

The distribution of emergency supplies of food, water and medicine has been mostly coordinated by an ad hoc network of volunteers from Bahamian and American nonprofit groups. But Abacos residents say their own government, whose resources were largely wiped out, has been notably absent in the six days since the Category 5 storm struck and killed at least 43 people.

Also, the Bahamas and other small island nations work through a regional organization, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, to coordinate emergency response and relief and their help is not always clearly visible to people struggling on the ground.

“It’s ridiculous. Ridiculous,” said Martin McCafferty, a contractor based here in Marsh Harbor, the biggest town on the Abaco Islands. “This is a catastrophe, and they should be here in numbers.”

Governments, large and small, often need several days to mobilize after a major disaster, especially as local responders often fail to show up because their own homes have been demolished.

For example, after Hurricane Maria struck in 2017, Puerto Ricans waited several days for food to start flowing because air and seaports were closed. When the goods were finally sent in, the island lacked truck drivers to pick up and distribute them. Puerto Rico was left paralyzed.

But since Dorian carved a path of destruction across the Abacos and Grand Bahama islands this week, residents say the seeming absence of the Bahamian government has been glaring. And when the roads between isolated settlements needed to be cleared of broken trees and downed power lines, the work was mostly done by ordinary citizens.

ImageHurricane Dorian left several small villages on Grand Bahama island destroyed.
CreditMeridith Kohut for The New York Times

Foreign governments, mainly the United States and British, have a notable presence. That’s because a tiny country like the Bahamas — its population of 330,000 is roughly 0.1 percent of the United States’ — is easily overwhelmed by a catastrophe on the scale of Hurricane Dorian.

The Caribbean relief agency, made up of 18 countries, has been working behind the scenes on a response plan. It enlisted the assistance of foreign governments, the United Nations and aid organizations, said Elizabeth Riley, the organization’s deputy executive director.

“One country does not have sufficient assets,” she said. “We look to sister nations to provide them.”

Additionally, some aid is bypassing government distribution channels altogether, arriving on private planes and boats from people in South Florida and elsewhere who frequently visit the Bahamas to fish or vacation there. Cruise lines and airlines have also stepped in.

Glen Rolle, a Freeport resident, was one of a team of nearly 30 civilian volunteers who borrowed Jet Skis and tractors, fighting through raging winds and storm surges to pull the stranded people of Grand Bahama down from the roofs of their homes.

A fire truck went by and they flagged it down, Mr. Rolle said. They were told the crew could do nothing to help.

“We said, ‘Come on, man, what you all mean y’all can’t help? Y’all are supposed to be first responders,’” he said. “I just don’t understand. Where are our first responders?”


Credit Meridith Kohut for The New York Times

Since the storm, an increasing sense of desperation has taken over the streets of Marsh Harbor. People have broken into stores and businesses, some to take food and critical supplies, but others to thieve nonessential goods, including washing machines and truck tires.

In the absence of a strong, visible law-enforcement presence, some business owners took matters into their own hands, posting armed guards on their properties.

“Our armed forces, they fell down. They fell down on the job,” Mr. Rolle said. “They are here to protect and serve, but they weren’t up to the task.”

The National Emergency Management Agency, known as NEMA, said in a statement to the Times that the government was doing everything it could.

“Hurricane Dorian turned into a monster hurricane overnight,” it said. “We deployed security, food, water and other resources as quickly as was possible once the all clear was given so that first responders were not put at risk.

“We are continuing to deploy more resources to stabilize Abaco and Grand Bahama in the wake of one of the most powerful hurricanes ever in the Atlantic.”

A Bahamas Defense Force official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record, said that while the Bahamian government was involved in the relief effort, appearances might be different, especially when the public only sees foreign helicopters. The Defense Force was not flying helicopters in the disaster zone for a simple reason, he said: It didn’t have any.


Residents waiting to be evacuated from the port of Marsh Harbour.
CreditDaniele Volpe for The New York Times

The American Coast Guard had evacuated 290 people by Saturday morning. Another agency from the U.S., Urban Search and Rescue Virginia Task Force 1 out of Fairfax, Va., sent 57 rescuers to find people who were trapped in debris. They arrived early Thursday with four dogs and 50,000 pounds of equipment such as saws and torches.

“We may be the first folks from a government agency this population has seen,” said John Morrison, the Virginia group’s spokesman.

Earlier this week, once the storm had faded, a group of seven men in Treasure Cay, a settlement on Great Abaco Island, used chain saws and machetes to clear the road to Marsh Harbour. It took them four hours.

The government was nowhere to be seen, said Deangelis Burrows, 47, a building contractor who lives in Treasure Cay and was part of that volunteer work crew.

He said that normally the government would immediately deploy work crews to clear roads, and security forces to safeguard the population. But not this time, he said Saturday.

“I haven’t seen them,” he said. “I don’t know if they’re somewhere else on the island but they’re certainly not here. It’s unreal.”

The airport in Marsh Harbor has become a critical hub for incoming relief supplies and personnel and for storm refugees trying to flee. But the job of reopening the airport this week fell, at least in part, to an American non-government group, G.S.D.


United States Marines at the airport of Marsh Harbour.
Credit Daniele Volpe for The New York Times

Since then, the group’s members have been serving as the airfield’s air traffic controllers.

HeadKnowles, a Bahamian nongovernmental relief organization, is coordinating the flow of evacuees through the airport. Since Wednesday, the group has overseen the evacuation of at least 1,300 people, all by private plane, said Daylland Moxey, 27, who has been helping lead HeadKnowles’ effort at the airport.

Several police officers have been supervising the terminal entrance and members of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force have been providing some security around the perimeter. But otherwise Bahamian government officials have been scarce.

Throughout the day, hundreds of storm refugees waited at the airport for a chance to score a seat on an outgoing plane.

Many were clustered inside the terminal, which was cast in semidarkness because of an island-wide blackout. Others were bunched up on the sidewalk outside, behind a security cordon, hoping to get a chance to move into the building and closer to a plane heading off the island.

Several private planes had come throughout the day, unloaded relief supplies and filled their seats with storm survivors, whisking them to Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas.

At least one large aircraft belonging to Bahamas air, a government-owned airline, had touched down, too. But it had taken only employees and their families.

Spotting a reporter walking through the terminal, several people took the opportunity to air their complaints.


Aid arriving from Nassau to the port of Marsh Harbour in a Royal Bahamas Defense Force ship.
Credit Daniele Volpe for The New York Times

“The government hasn’t sent one plane!” yelled Reynon Ferguson, 31, who had been waiting at the airport all day along with hundreds of others in the hope of scoring a seat on an outgoing flight.

“Lousy government! Lousy prime minister!” Jerusha Williams shouted, referring to Hubert Minnis.

Another man, Delano Hart, 41, joined the bitter chorus.

“Private jets, private jets, private jets with four or five seats — and we have multitudes here!” he hollered.

Desperate people carrying backpacks and suitcases have also been swarming a dock on the harbor hoping to board boats to Nassau. On Thursday, some 15 private boats — ranging in size from small yachts to large ferries fitting several hundred — took storm refugees off the island. At least a half-dozen more private vessels, including a ferry packed with people and cars, shipped out with hundreds more evacuees on Friday.

On Saturday, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line said it brought 1,550 hurricane evacuees aboard the Grand Celebration Humanitarian Cruise ship, which sailed to West Palm Beach, Fla., from Grand Bahama.

The government presence at the port wasn’t totally invisible this week.

A few police officers and members of the Defense Force have been stationed at the wharf trying to maintain a semblance of order as evacuees gathered each day. Two ships from the Defense Force were docked and were unloading relief supplies.

But the evacuation process has been ad hoc and chaotic, leaving residents to sift through uncertain information, separating rumor from fact.

“Nobody’s telling us when the boat going,” said Jimmy Mackey, 40, a builder, who stopped by the port on Friday night looking for information about departing evacuation vessels. “They should have a government guy here, somebody being here telling you when the boat is leaving.

“But do you see anybody telling you anything?”

Azam Ahmed contributed from Mexico City.

A version of this article appears in print on , Section A, Page 23 of the New York edition with the headline: Desperate Bahamians Ask: ‘Where Are Our First Responders?’. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe

Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas death toll expected to be ‘staggering’



Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas death toll expected to be ‘staggering’

Media caption Survivors of the hurricane say there is utter devastation

The death toll from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas will be “staggering”, the country’s government has warned as aid efforts are being stepped up.

The official death toll stands at 30, but is expected to rise further.

Officials are sending morticians and 200 body bags to the Abaco Islands, the worst-hit part of the archipelago.

Dorian – which devastated the northern Bahamas from Sunday to Tuesday – has now made landfall in the US state of North Carolina, but is weakening.

Officials say hundreds, possibly thousands, are still missing in the Abacos and Grand Bahama.

On Thursday Health Minister Duane Sands warned of a “staggering” final count.

“The public needs to prepare for unimaginable information about the death toll and the human suffering,” he told local radio.

Dr Ian Norton, who manages the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s emergency medical teams, also told reporters that he was also “really worried” about the potential death toll.

Two women look through the remains of a house destroyed by Hurricane Dorian in Great Abaco Island, Bahamas, 5 SeptemberImage copyright GETTY IMAGES
Image caption Great Abaco has been rendered virtually uninhabitable

Dorian hit the Bahamas as a category five hurricane with winds reaching 185 mph (297km/h).

It matched the highest ever recorded at landfall, and stayed over affected areas for two days.

What is the damage to Bahamas?

The International Red Cross fears 45% of homes on Grand Bahama and the Abacos – some 13,000 properties – were severely damaged or destroyed.

Parts of the Bahamas received up to 35-in (89cm) of rain, leaving vast areas of it flooded.

The Island of Great Abaco is virtually uninhabitable, with bodies piled up, no water, power or food, and militias formed to prevent looting, local media report.

Media caption Residents in the Bahamas say “it’s total devastation”

Aerial images over the Abacos showed mile upon mile of destruction, with roofs torn off, scattered debris, overturned cars, shipping containers and boats, and high water levels.

The only international airport in Grand Bahama was also devastated. As a result, it could not be used for evacuations or aid deliveries.

The WHO said flooding had rendered Grand Bahama’s main hospital unusable, and a field hospital would need to be set up in its place.

Several patients have been airlifted from Marsh Harbor Medical Center in the Abacos, according to the Associated Press news agency, but the site is still being run as a shelter.

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‘Everything is gone’

Matt Morrison, BBC News, Bahamas

Everyone who experienced the storm here on Abaco has a story to tell. Whether it is one of dramatic survival, or the loss of a loved one, every life has been affected.

‘It was like being in a tornado for hours on end,’ one Marsh Harbor resident told me. ‘Everything is gone’.

Driving down the streets one sees destruction in every direction. Homes and businesses have nearly all been leveled.

Those that are left standing have broken windows and caved in walls. There is an eerie silence, as the few residents around survey the damage.

About 5.5 miles off shore, Britain’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary has stationed an aid ship, the Mounts Bay.

The 179-meter vessel had been in the area as the storm approached, and the scene on board is one of urgency and focus. Aid is being loaded onto floating platforms to make the two-hour journey to shore.

The crew are on day three, and will continue here until they move on to the next disaster area.

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What is the latest on the aid effort?

The Bahamas’ government has signed an emergency declaration giving tax exemptions to medicine, building supplies and other goods that can be used for relief efforts.

International aid operations have been primarily focused on Grand Bahama and the Abacos, which were hit worst.

Search-and-rescue teams have been combing the worst-hit communities looking for any trace of survivors and bodies. As of Friday, the US Coast Guard said it had rescued 205 residents.

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Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco on September 2019

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Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco on October 2018

Meanwhile, efforts to deliver aid are being ramped up. Planes and helicopters have been flying in emergency supplies to help the estimated 76,000 people in need of food and shelter.

Eight tonnes (8,000kg) of ready-to-eat meals, storage units, generators and other emergency suppliers are to be flown in from Panama, the UN World Food Programme said.

A $5.4m (£4.3m) budget has been allocated to the UN agency for a three-month emergency operation in the Bahamas.

However, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said damage to roads and other infrastructure was hampering relief efforts.

Where is Dorian now?

Now downgraded to a category 1 hurricane, Dorian has made landfall in the US.

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that at 09:00 local time (13:00 GMT) Dorian hit Cape Hatteras, North Carolina with 90mph (145km/h) winds.

The storm has already caused severe flooding and widespread power failures in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Media captionHurricane Dorian causes floods and tornadoes in South Carolina

In the Carolinas, more than 900,000 people were ordered to evacuate their homes, but it was unclear how many had complied.

Forecasters said 10 inches (25 cm) of rain has fallen between the coasts of Charleston, South Carolina and Wilmington, North Carolina 170 miles away.

Dorian is expected to push north and out into the Atlantic, but will make landfall again on Saturday in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

Map of Hurricane Dorian's predicted path

Life-threatening storm surges and dangerous winds are still expected in Virginia and other north-eastern states.

Three storm-related deaths have been reported in Florida and another in North Carolina.

All four died whilst preparing their homes and shelters for the storm.

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Is climate change making hurricanes worse?

According to the NHC, a “hurricane season” runs in the Atlantic Ocean between 1 June and 30 November.

The term denotes a period when most of the year’s tropical cyclones take place in the Atlantic, though it typically peaks in the late summer.

Scientists cannot say whether climate change is increasing the number of hurricanes, but the ones that do happen are likely to be more powerful and more destructive because of our warming climate, says BBC Weather’s Tomasz Schafernaker.

Here’s why:

  • An increase in sea surface temperatures strengthens the wind speeds within storms and also raises the amount of precipitation a hurricane will dump
  • Sea levels are expected to increase by one to four feet over the next century, bringing the potential of far worse damage from sea surges and coastal flooding during storms

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Use our guide to see how these deadly storms form, their devastating effects and how they are measured:

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The reasons Hurricane Dorian is particularly dangerous



Here are some of the reasons Hurricane Dorian is particularly dangerous

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(CNN)Hurricane Dorian is scary for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that it’s expected to be a monstrous Category 4 storm by the time it gets to Florida early next week.

Winds that strong would be worrying enough, but that’s just one piece of Dorian’s package of threats.
With the caveat that forecasts often change as the storm approaches, here are the risks Dorian seems poised to pose:

It could be dark at landfall

Forecasts as of midday Friday predict Dorian making landfall late Monday or early Tuesday — while it’s still dark — somewhere on Florida’s Atlantic coast.
“One of the worst things you can have is a dark landfall,” CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. “You hear things moving, you don’t know where they came from. You don’t how big that thing was that just crashed.”

It could bring winds of 130+ mph

Forecasters predict the maximum sustained winds at Dorian’s core will be more than 130 mph when it makes landfall in Florida.
That would make it the strongest hurricane to strike the state’s Atlantic coast since catastrophic Andrew in 1992.
It also would put Dorian into the Category 4 range (130 to 156 mph).
Winds of at least 130 mph cause catastrophic damage. The National Weather Service puts it this way: Even well-built homes can lose roofs and some exterior walls. Trees and power poles are snapped or toppled.
Power outages could last weeks in areas affected by winds of these speeds.

It’s expected to linger. That will raise flooding threats

Dorian’s forward movement is expected to slow as it approaches land, and it should remain slow over land, eventually taking a turn to the north.
One consequence of that: Dorian would keep dropping heavy rain over the same areas for a long time.
That would lead to freshwater flooding. Heavy rain is forecast over much of Florida — as many as 20 inches dropping in parts of eastern and central portions of the state, Myers said. Coastal Georgia, too, should watch for heavy rain.
Strong winds also will batter areas over and over. The storm’s core should lose strength as it moves over land, but remember, its forward movement is expected to be a crawl. As of Friday, some forecasts had Dorian still somewhere over Florida about 24 hours after landfall — and still with low-end Category 1 winds.
A forecast map created August 30 shows predicted rainfall accumulations through September 6.

Storm surges could be bad. King Tides could make them worse

With any landfalling hurricane, you’ll want to look for storm surges — winds and pressure pushing seawater onto land. In Dorian’s case — churning counterclockwise and moving westward into land — we may see a good amount of storm surge just to the north of Dorian’s landfall spot.
Dorian is approaching at an unfortunate time, as far as storm surges go. Friday marked the start of Florida’s King Tides, a term that refers to the highest tides in any given period.
“The fact that this storm is hitting during some of the highest tides of the year is very concerning,” CNN senior meteorologist Brandon Miller said. “The King Tides adding a couple of feet to the water height is almost like the storm being a category higher on scale.”
King Tides combining with storm surges could mean people who typically consider themselves safely away from shore could, in fact, be in danger.
Storm surges north of wherever Dorian makes landfall “could easily be over 8 to 12 feet,” Myers said.

Hurricane Dorian lashes Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, could hit Florida as Category 3



Hurricane Dorian lashes Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, could hit Florida as Category 3

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency as forecasters said Dorian promised “life-threatening flash floods.”





As Tropical Storm Dorian strengthened and continued towards the United States on Tuesday, President Donald Trump decided to pull millions of dollars from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) including a disaster relief fund, to boost resources to migrant detention at the southern border.

The Trump administration pulled $271 million from DHS including from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund, according to department officials and a letter California Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard sent to DHS and obtained by NBC News Tuesday.

According to the letter, $155 million would move from FEMA’s disaster relief fund to DHS’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), for more migrant detention space and temporary hearing sites for people seeking asylum. The shift of funds would reportedly allow ICE to hold close to 50,000 migrants at a given time.



NEW: Trump admin. is pulling $271M in funding from DHS, including FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund, to pay for immigration detention space and temp. hearing locations for asylum-seekers, according to dept. officials and a letter sent by a Calif. congresswoman. 

Trump admin pulling millions from FEMA disaster relief to send to southern border

Combined with existing space, the funding would allow ICE to detain nearly 50,000 immigrants at one time.



To fund temporary locations for court hearings for asylum-seekers along the southern border, ICE would gain $155M, all from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund, according to a letter from Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, which was seen by @NBCNews.

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Trump’s decision came as Tropical Storm Dorian, potentially strengthening into a Category 1 hurricane, approached Puerto Rico, leading the U.S. territory to declare a state of emergency. Dorian could hit Puerto Rico by Wednesday afternoon, reach the Bahamas by Friday, and southwestern Florida by Sunday, forecasters predict.

Officials in Puerto Rico said Monday they declared a state of emergency in order to coordinate with FEMA for resources.

On Tuesday afternoon, Trump acknowledged Dorian and touted past relief to Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017, but did not mention his new drainage of FEMA funds.

“Wow! Yet another big storm heading to Puerto Rico. Will it ever end?” Trump tweeted. “Congress approved 92 Billion Dollars for Puerto Rico last year, an all time record of its kind for ‘anywhere.'”

Trump’s tweet about $92 billion in aid to Puerto Rico was misleading — that amount is an estimate of what could be provided to Puerto Rico through the next 20 years. The island has received $12.6 billion as of May, while the Trump administration has allocated $42.3 billion, according to the Center for a New Economy.

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President Donald Trump waves as he arrives at the Muniz Air National Guard Base for a visit after Hurricane Maria hit the island on October 3, 2017 in Carolina, Puerto Rico. The President has been criticized by some that say the government’s response has been inadequate.JOE RAEDLE/GETTY

Congress received a notification, not a request, from the Trump administration to shift funds away from FEMA to ICE because the administration thinks it is entitled to do so after Congress refused to approve more funding for detention beds in an emergency funding border bill two months ago, according to NBC News.

DHS would be able to pay for about 6,800 more migrant detainee beds while losing $116 million previously marked for aviation security and the Coast Guard, among other programs.

Trump was widely criticized for a lack of urgency and organization in his response to Hurricane Maria’s destruction in Puerto Rico.

India: Rain, landslides kill 83 in Kerala, Karnataka



Rain, landslides kill 83 in Kerala, Karnataka

At least 235,000 people have been evacuated, and 44,013 cattle have been rescued in Karnataka, where the swollen Netravati river has inundated Pane Mangaluru village in Dakshina Kannada

INDIA Updated: Aug 11, 2019 07:53 IST

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Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram/ Bengaluru
A red alert has been issued in eight districts of Ernakulam, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod.
A red alert has been issued in eight districts of Ernakulam, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod.(REUTERS)

Three days of incessant rain and 80 landslides reported in several districts have claimed 52 lives in Kerala, even as the meteorological department has predicted that conditions will improve by Sunday. While the rains weakened in central Kerala, there was no let up in northern districts, where many deaths have been reported and nearly 125,000 people have been displaced.

A red alert has been issued in eight districts of Ernakulam, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod.

Karnataka too saw no let-up in rains, with 26 people dead in rain related incidents so far. Most rivers are in spate and chief minister B S Yediyurappa has termed the natural calamity the “biggest” in 45 years. The state government pegged the losses caused by rains and floods at Rs 6,000 crore and has sought Rs 3000 crore as relief from the Centre.

At least 235,000 people have been evacuated, and 44,013 cattle have been rescued in Karnataka, where the swollen Netravati river has inundated Pane Mangaluru village in Dakshina Kannada district, among other affected regions. Landslides were also reported near Maranahalli in Sakaleshpur.

In Puthumala in Kerala’s Wayanad district, where a landslide on Thursday destroyed several homes and claimed at least 30 lives, six bodies were discovered on Saturday even as more people — many migrant workers — are feared trapped under the mud. Kalpetta legislator C K Saseendran said at least nine are missing in this area. More than 50,000 people from the district are in relief camps.

In the neighbouring Malappuram district, at least 60 persons are missing after a major landslide in Kavalapara on Thursday. Rescue operations were halted on Saturday after another landslide occurred in the region.

“After the landslide in Kavalapara mud and slush formed a 40-feet high mound. At least 60-odd people are trapped inside it. It is a difficult task. The CM [Pinarayi Vijayan] has sought military engineering wing’s help,” said Nilambur legislator P V Anwar, who has been camping in the area.

“All are working hard to minimize damage. In some places like Wayanad situation is really serious,” said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who said that he was in constant touch with the Centre. He will conduct an aerial survey of affected areas on Sunday.

One of the four shutters of the Banasurasagar dam, located about 21 km from Kalpetta in Wayanad, one of the worst affected districts, was opened to discharge excess water and people on the banks of the Kabini river have been asked to be cautious.

Though rail services remain cancelled, flight operations from the Kochi international airport will resume at noon on Sunday, two days after it was shut as water entered the runway area due to heavy rains and floods, an official said on Saturday. Check-in will resume at 9 am on Sunday in both domestic and international terminals. “The runway is intact in flood this time. No tear marks/ slush was reported on runway,” the official said.

3000 evacuated in TN

With the catchment areas of Cauvery river in Karnataka receiving abundant rainfall, 1 lakh cusecs of water have been released into Mettur Dam in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu.

Drummers were sent to riverside villages in the district to warn them to stay away from the river. A flood alert was sounded in five villages following discharge of surplus water from Pykara dam, which reached its full capacity of 96 feet due to incessant rains over the last one week.

The rainfall in western districts of Tamil Nadu saw no let up with more than 3,000 people evacuated in Coimbatore and Nilgiris districts, Tamil Nadu revenue and disaster management minister RB Udhayakumar said.

The Indian Air Force rescued 11 people, including two infants from rain-battered Avalanchi and shifted them to Coimbatore for medical help.

A landslide occurred at Panthalur and restoration work was on, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said.


First Published: Aug 11, 2019 00:08 IST

China: Death toll rises to 22 as Typhoon Lekima sweeps through east China



Death toll rises to 22 as Typhoon Lekima sweeps through east China

Death toll rises to 22 as Typhoon Lekima sweeps through east China


Rescuers are seen at the typhoon damaged area in Shanzao Village of Yantan Town in Yongjia County, east China’s Zhejiang Province, August 10, 2019.

The death toll has risen to 22 due to a typhoon-triggered barrier lake burst in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province, said local authorities.

As of 8pm Saturday, 10 people were still missing, said a source with the publicity department of Yongjia County.

With a maximum wind force of 187 km/h, Typhoon Lekima, the ninth of the year, made landfall at about 1:45 am Saturday in Wenling City, Zhejiang, with Yongjia County the worst hit.

Typhoon Lekima brought heavy rainstorms in Yongjia County and caused a landslide that blocked rivers, raising the water level to a maximum of 10 m within 10 minutes and trapping 120 villagers.

More than 420 armed police and firefighters were dispatched to the scene to help with the rescue work.

Communication service has been restored, and water and electricity supply and road repair are underway.

Typhoon Lekima is expected to move at about 15 km per hour northward and westward with abatement of wind, according to the weather forecast.

China: Typhoon Lekima lashes Shanghai



Typhoon Lekima lashes Shanghai

Typhoon Lekima lashes Shanghai

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People walk in Lujiazui in the Pudong New Area on Saturday.

Typhoon Lekima lashes Shanghai

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau upgraded the yellow rainstorm alert to orange at 2:20 pm on Saturday, the second highest on China’s four color-coded weather-warning system.

Under the influence of typhoon Lekima, the maximum rainfall in the city’s downtown, Jiading, Minhang, Fengxian districts and the Pudong New Area was expected to reach 60 to 80 millimeters per hour in the next six hours, the bureau warned.

The bureau issued a yellow alert for thunder and lightning on 1:50 pm on Saturday.

In China’s color-coded weather-warning system, red represents the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

Rainstorms and gales with a level of 9 to 11 are lashing the city’s central and southern areas under the influence of Lekima, according to the bureau.

Typhoon Lekima lashes Shanghai

Metro Line 5 was suspended from 3:30pm, said Shanghai Metro. Sections of Line 9 between Zhongchun Road station and Songjiang New Town station also stopped  about the same time.

With outdoor tourist attractions and parks such as Shanghai Disney Resort and Shanghai Wild Animal Park closing on Saturday, some indoor venues witnessed big crowds.

The Shanghai Science and Technology Museum put a cap on the number of visitors from 10:54 am, and the number of its visitors reached 13,244 at 11:34 am, approaching its maximum capacity of 13,500.

The Shanghai Natural History Museum was also crowded on Saturday. The number of visitors hit 4,149 at the same time, compared with its capacity of 5,900.

The center of typhoon Lekima was inside Zhuji, Shaoxing City, in neighboring Zhejiang Province, at 1pm. It has weakened to a strong tropical storm with a maximum gale force of 10, according to the National Meteorological Center.

It is moving north at 15 kilometers per hour, according to the center.

Lekima will whistle past the Taihu Lake at the same latitude with Shanghai on Saturday night, according to the Shanghai bureau.

Typhoon Lekima lashes Shanghai

Stranded passengers in Hongqiao Railway Station on Saturday.

Typhoon Lekima lashes Shanghai

Dong Jun / SHINE

Stranded passengers in Hongqiao International Airport on Saturday.

Typhoon Lekima lashes Shanghai

Dong Jun / SHINE
Typhoon Lekima lashes Shanghai

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

People walk difficultly on the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall on Saturday afternoon.


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