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Typhoon Mangkhut Skirts Laos Following Phils, HK, China Landfalls

Typhoon Mangkhut via Goole Maps

Typhoon Mangkhut is on track to miss Laos after tracking data Monday morning had the destructive storm headed roughly West-North-West from Hong Kong towards South-West China.

Nonetheless, residents and visitors to northern and central regions of Laos should remain on alert for heavy downpours on Monday and Tuesday according to the Lao Meteorology and Hydrology Department.

With the storm proceeding over China’s Yunnan province, the result of heavy rainfall in the Mekong-Lancang catchment could cause water levels to rise downstream.

It comes after the severe storm system impacted parts of The Philippines, as well as Hong Kong SAR and the mainland of China with ferocious winds and storm surges seen late last week and over the weekend, leading to loss of life and property that is still being estimated.

According to the Hong Kong Meteorological Observatory, Typhoon Mangkhut will move across the inland area of southern China and weaken gradually today and tomorrow.

Follow the storm’s progress via Google at https://google.org/crisismap/google.com/2018-mangkhut

More information at World Meterological Organization (WMO).

Khammuan Districts Struggle with Doksuri Aftermath

Though tropical storm Doksuri has since dissipated since making landfall on September 15th, villagers in Khammuan province are still dealing with the aftermath of it’s destruction.

According to Khammuan authorities, floodwaters have submerged six districts of the province after Doksuri tore through last week, with many of its villages still immersed in water.

The affected districts are said to be Bualapha, Xaybuathong, Yommalath, Nongbok, Mahaxay and Xebangfay.

Mr Phonevisith Khounbolom, head of the Khammuan provincial Disaster Management Division, reported that though the Xaybuathong district has yet to submit any reports detailing losses, it has been confirmed that the Bualapha district has 28 villages that are still dealing with flood damages. Over 20 houses have been damaged, with sections of several villages still under water.

According to an official from the province’s Natural Resources and Environment office, the storm battered the Vilabouly, Xepon and Nong districts in Savannakhet, however were mildly affected due to the excess rainwater receding.

A report from the provincial governor stated that almost 7,000 families in 72 villages of the Vilabouly district were affected by the storm. Over 40 electricity poles and fifteen houses were left mangled, while other buildings sustained severe structural damages.

The affected area includes 1,000 hectares of rice fields, 30-40 hectares of rubber trees, farmland and numerous livestock.

Storm Doksuri passed through the provinces of Khammuan, Borikhamxay and Savannakhet, according to the Meteorology and Hydrology Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

District authorities are prioritizing the repair of public facilities, electricity grids and homes.

Doksuri crossed parts of Vietnam and Laos from September 15 to 17, affecting many parts of the country and damaging many hectares of farmland.

Typhoon Doksuri Wreaks Havoc in Neighboring Countries, Laos Urged to Take Safety Precautions

Hailed as Vietnam’s ‘most powerful storm in a decade’, Tropical Typhoon Doksuri made landfall in Central Vietnam today Friday, September 15th, leaving 4 dead and 10 injured.

The cyclone touched down in Ha Tinh province, with maximum sustained winds of 135 kilometers per hour, and wind gusts reaching up to 185 kph. As Typhoon Doksuri causes extensive damage throughout Vietnam and Thailand, hundreds of thousands of civilians have been ordered to evacuate their homes, and have been relocated to higher ground.

According to meteorology reports, while Laos will not have to endure the brunt of the tropical storm, it is said to expect heavy rainfall. Several embassies have sent out warnings to their citizens, instructing them to take safety precautions as  unpredictable weather may cause widespread flooding, landslides and other travel disruptions. Several eyewitnesses have reported seeing trees being uprooted and power lines torn to the ground.

The Thai Meteorology Department has reported that the wind waves in the Andaman Sea and the upper Gulf will gain traction and produce waves up to 2-3 meters high from 15-18 September.

Doksuri swept through the Philippines on Tuesday as a less powerful tropical depression, killing four people and leaving another six missing.

Typhoon Hit Roads Thwart Travellers

Many sections of main roads in central and northern provinces have been blocked or collapsed following landslides caused by the effects of Typhoon Dianmu on the weekend.