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#81 Postby dexterlabio » Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:03 am

Image of the destruction in the city of Iligan, Lanao del Norte. (c/o ABS-CBN News Channel)

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#82 Postby oaba09 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:49 am

More than 100 people are confirmed dead w/ hundreds more missing....

Even though washi is not considered a strong storm in terms of windspeed, it brought significant amounts of rain that caused the deaths and destruction in that area...

I guess the unfamiliarity of Mindanao w/ storms may also have been a factor...
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#83 Postby francis327 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:27 am

Washi is leaving the Philipine and move towards the South China Sea. Question is now where it is going. JTWC forecast that it will across southern vietnam and move into the Malay Peninsula before dissipating.

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while the GFS model indicating that it is heading to South Vietnam and dissipate there.

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#84 Postby oaba09 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 5:10 am

The latest death count I heard is 180

400+ are still missing....what a disaster... :cry:
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#85 Postby dexterlabio » Sat Dec 17, 2011 5:21 am

^Based on the latest figures, I think this is the deadliest tropical cyclone that hit the Philippines this year, the number of casualties already surpassed the record of Nesat and Nalgae, and officials were saying that the number is still expected to rise. This really proves that a mere tropical storm can be as dangerous or even deadlier than a full-blown typhoon. Wind speed may vary but the hazard remains the same. May God bless all the victims of Washi (Sendong) and provide them all the things they need this Christmas.
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#86 Postby oaba09 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 5:47 am

dexterlabio wrote:^Based on the latest figures, I think this is the deadliest tropical cyclone that hit the Philippines this year, the number of casualties already surpassed the record of Nesat and Nalgae, and officials were saying that the number is still expected to rise. This really proves that a mere tropical storm can be as dangerous or even deadlier than a full-blown typhoon. Wind speed may vary but the hazard remains the same. May God bless all the victims of Washi (Sendong) and provide them all the things they need this Christmas.


Yeah....I expect at least 400 deaths based on the number of missing people....Why didn't the government evacuate those living there? This tragedy is unacceptable...
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#87 Postby Chacor » Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:12 am

Philippines storm triggers deadly flash floods

Flash floods sparked by a tropical storm in the southern Philippines have killed at least 180 people and left hundreds missing, officials say.

Many of the victims were asleep when it struck Mindanao island, killing many in Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro.

Tens of thousands of people have fled to higher ground, the authorities say.

Benito Ramos, head of the national disaster rescue agency, said reports were still coming in and the casualty figures could rise.

Mr Ramos said the floodwaters had risen alarmingly fast overnight as people slept.

"Massive flooding had been reported over the region, especially in Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City," he said.

Rivers burst their banks after 25mm of rain fell in 24 hours.

Large areas were left without power and some domestic flights were cancelled as winds of up to 90 km/h (55mph) swept across the island.

A landslide killed at least five people in the east of the island, the national disaster agency said.

A military spokesman, Colonel Leopoldo Galon, said an entire army division - some 10,000 soldiers - was involved in the rescue efforts around Cagayan de Oro.

Nearly 100 dead bodies - most of them children - had already been found in the city, officials say.

Forecasters said the eye of Tropical Storm Washi [sic!] had passed close to Dipolog City, west of Iligan City, early on Saturday and it was now heading out into the Sulu Sea.

Floods had swamped a quarter of Iligan and at least 10 villages on its outskirts, said the city's mayor, Lawrence Cruz.

"It's the worst flood in the history of our city," Mr Cruz told GMA television. "It happened so fast, at a time when people were fast asleep."

The coast guard and other rescuers were scouring the waters off the coastal city for survivors or bodies, he added.

GMA television broadcast dramatic footage of a family escaping their flood-hit home by climbing through a window.

Rescue workers were pictured helping survivors to safety in chest-deep floodwater.

Three people also drowned in Polanco town in Zamboanga del Norte province, said provincial disaster officer Dennis Tenorio. He said high winds had toppled trees.

The storm is set to hit the western island of Palawan later on Saturday, after crossing the Sulu Sea with winds of up to 75 km/h, according to state weather forecasters.

The Philippines are struck by about 20 major storms every year.

Typhoons Nesat and Nalgae battered the country within days of each other in September, leaving more than 100 people dead.
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#88 Postby euro6208 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:15 am

wow such a high death count. what a deadly end to an average season...

what little coverage this is getting on cnn, barely! typical for any western pacific tropical cyclone :roll:
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#89 Postby Chacor » Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:21 am

To be fair CNN do have decent coverage of typhoons, but usually only when James intercepts them and has time to speak to them...
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#90 Postby Chacor » Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:26 am

BBC's Kate McGeown reports from Manila:

"This one seems to have been fairly unexpected and very, very quick, catching a lot of people out. A lot of people were sleeping at the time that it hit. Many people are now trapped on the roofs of their homes. And it also hit two large cities — the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, which is possibly why so many people have died.

"Thousands of soldiers have been mobilised to help in the area, to take people away from their homes — that's if they want to go, because in this incident as with many others in the past many people, despite the risk, very often don't want to leave their home. There's often looting after things like this and people don't want to leave their possessions. Those who are leaving, and there are tens of thousands who've already moved to evacuation centres, people are helping them and giving them emergency food and shelter.

"Mindanao is an area which has many problems already — there's many different rebel groups down in the area, and it's a very poor area. Something like this to hit is just one other thing, so it's going to be very difficult for these people to cope."
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#91 Postby HURAKAN » Sat Dec 17, 2011 8:00 am

Very sad to see so many people dead from a tropical storm. Sad end to the year
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#92 Postby oaba09 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:28 am

Death toll in Philippine floods rises to 436

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/D ... 408777.php


What a sad christmas for the victims of this storm

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#93 Postby francis327 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:10 am

It's almost Christmas and it will be a very grey one for the victims....god be with them....
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#95 Postby CrazyC83 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:58 pm

Deadliest storm worldwide in 2011 I believe. Hard to believe it came in December...seems a lot like the 1994 Atlantic season...
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#96 Postby HurricaneBill » Sat Dec 17, 2011 8:05 pm

dexterlabio wrote:This really proves that a mere tropical storm can be as dangerous or even deadlier than a full-blown typhoon.


I think Thelma (Uring) in 1991 already proved that.
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#97 Postby RobWESTPACWX » Sun Dec 18, 2011 2:33 am

This is such a sad situation with the holidays coming up, the start of this video I put a call out if anyone knows about some good charities for this event. So please reply if anyone knows here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZSonboKZxk[/youtube]

Also NHKs latest update on the storm.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111218_05.html
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#98 Postby Chacor » Sun Dec 18, 2011 6:40 am

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#99 Postby RobWESTPACWX » Sun Dec 18, 2011 6:54 am

Number over 500 now, horrible situation..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xivpP7qVrEU[/youtube]
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#100 Postby Chacor » Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:39 am

The number of people killed in the Philippines by floods triggered by Tropical Storm Washi has risen to 650.

Soldiers and volunteers are still searching for the 800 people reported missing on southern Mindanao island.

Many were trapped in their homes as the flash floods coincided with high tides. In some places entire villages are reported to have been swept away.

Authorities have been criticised for not giving enough warning of the storm's severity.

However the state disaster agency said adequate warnings had been given to officials and residents three days before it reached land on Friday.

The BBC's Kate McGeown in the capital Manila says most of the 20 typhoons and major storms that hit the country each year affect the north - and many in Mindanao were unprepared for the severity of Tropical Storm Washi.

The major ports of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan were among the areas worst hit on Friday night.

Hundreds of bodies have been found in each of the two cities - many piled up in makeshift morgues.

Other bodies are gradually being washed ashore along the northern Mindanao coastline or are being found floating at sea.

The scale of the disaster has forced the local authorities to issue an appeal for body bags and coffins.

"It's overwhelming. We didn't expect these many dead," said Benito Ramos, head of the government's disaster response agency.

The Philippines Red Cross is helping co-ordinate the search for those missing with the government and other aid agencies.

"Our office was swamped with hundreds of requests to help find their missing parents, children and relatives," said Gwendolyn Pang, Red Cross Secretary-General.

Most of the dead were women and children, Ms Pang said.

She said many bodies remained unclaimed, raising the possibility that entire families had been swept away.

Food and water are also urgently needed for the many displaced people.

Almost 35,000 people were still sheltering in evacuation centres on Sunday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

But others are living in the remains of their homes, with no electricity or running water.

Some of the survivors told of remarkable escapes after their villages were hit by floodwater.

One woman said she survived - along with eight family members and neighbours - by sitting on the tin roof of her house as it drifted down a river and miles into the open sea, where they were rescued by a cargo ship.

"There was a deafening sound followed by a rush of water. We found ourselves in the river and the current took us out to the sea," Carmelita Pulosan, 42, from Cagayan de Oro, told Reuters.

"The current was very strong. God is really good to us. He saved my family," she said.
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