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September 13, 2018

 
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Southeast Asia Braces Itself for
Super Typhoon Mangkhut


 
 
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SITUATION 

Millions of people are at risk from Typhoon Mangkhut, also referred to as Typhoon Ompong, which could bring catastrophic floods, landslides, and huge waves to the countries on its path. The typhoon’s winds are expected to intensify up to 161 mph before weakening late Saturday. 


Emergency workers have been deployed to the main Philippine island of Luzon, where the typhoon is expected to make landfall on Friday and Saturday. The Philippine Red Cross estimates that three million Filipinos live in the direct path of the typhoon and about 10 million people will be affected. Philippine authorities have started to evacuate thousands of people from coastal areas as winds bore down on the country's main island. It will be the strongest of 15 storms to have hit the Philippines this year.

The typhoon is expected to reach Hong Kong on Sunday. The city who has not faced such strong storm since the Typhoon Wanda in 1962 is currently preparing for the typhoon and inhabitants are boarding up their homes and stocking up on every day’s supplies. 

ADVICE TO TRAVELERS

Manila Airport’s management is strongly advising affected passengers not to proceed to the airport as Pacific Airlines, Cebu Pacific, CEGBO and Skyjet Airlines’ domestic and international flights have been canceled for Friday and Saturday. 

If you were scheduled to travel to Southeast Asia over the next few days, call your airline company or travel agent for information regarding their cancellation or rebooking policies. 

If you are presently in an area expected to be hit by the typhoon, follow local authorities’ directions and ask your hotel’s staff for their emergency plan. Hotels will usually have emergency measures and evacuations procedures in case the situation becomes too dangerous.  
If you are staying at a beach hotel, evacuate to a higher-altitude, in-land location.

Do not attempt to go outside when the typhoon makes landfall. Close the shutters of your accommodation and do not stay near windows. 

Finally, put together a disaster survival kit. Keep the following supplies near you and put them in a water-tight container: flashlight with extra batteries, battery-powered radio, first aid kit, common medicines (ibuprofen, aspirin, antihistamines), eyeglasses, drinking water, non-perishable foods, change of clothes, cash and credit cards, and copies of all important documents.

 
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