Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Earth Science News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



SHAKE AND BLOW
Typhoon kills at least 16 in Philippines, strands thousands
By Joel GUINTO
Santa Rosa, Philippines (AFP) Oct 19, 2015


Heavy rains leave four dead in El Salvador
San Salvador (AFP) Oct 19, 2015 - Heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in El Salvador over the weekend, leaving at least four people dead, authorities said Monday.

More than 200 houses were damaged as a result of the rains, which have lashed the tiny Central American country since Friday.

"We have four dead as a result of the rains," Jorge Melendez, director of El Salvador's civil protection agency, told AFP.

The victims included an inebriated man who passed out and died Sunday of exposure to the elements in Tenancingo, 40 kilometers east of San Salvador, he said.

A fisherman was swept away in a flood-swollen river in central El Salvador's Cabanas department, he said.

Two other people were killed in storm-related incidents over the weekend, one swept away by a torrent of water and another in a traffic accident, according to Melendez.

A landslide buried a house in the town Juayua, 80 kilometers west of San Salvador, but rescuers managed to pull a man out alive, Melendez said.

Olaf strengthens to major hurricane, still far offshore
Miami (AFP) Oct 19, 2015 - Hurricane Olaf strengthened into a major hurricane Monday as it churned far offshore in the central eastern Pacific, US forecasters said.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Olaf had maximum sustained winds of 115 miles (185 kilometers) per hour, bumping it up to major hurricane status.

At 1500 GMT, the Category 3 storm was located some 1,345 miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, moving west at 14 miles per hour, the Miami-based NHC said.

It was expected to strengthen further Monday night and fluctuate in intensity Tuesday, as it takes a west-northwestern turn.

There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Residents of flooded farming villages in the Philippines were trapped on their rooftops on Monday and animals floated down fast-rising rivers, as the death toll from Typhoon Koppu climbed to 16.

Koppu, the second strongest storm to hit the disaster-plagued Southeast Asian archipelago this year, had also forced more than 60,000 people from their homes, authorities said.

After making landfall on Sunday morning on the east coast of Luzon, the Philippines' biggest island, the slow-moving typhoon brought heavy rain to some of the nation's most important farming areas.

"I've never seen anything like this. It's the worst flood I've seen in my entire life," farmer Reynaldo Ramos, 68, told AFP as he walked through knee-deep water in Santa Rosa, about two hours' drive north of Manila.

Military, government and volunteer rescue units equipped with rubber boats were trying to help residents in dozens of flooded villages, according to Nigel Lontoc, a regional rescue official.

"The floods are rising fast and some people are now on their rooftops," Lontoc told AFP, but added there were not enough rescuers and he did not know how many have been saved.

Lontoc said many thousands of people may be stranded in those villages, although it was too early to determine an exact number.

Authorities confirmed at least 16 people had died because of the storm, and the death toll was expected to rise as full accounts from badly hit villages were gathered.

The storm is also forecast to continue dumping heavy rains across the Philippines until Wednesday.

- Huddling on high ground -

In Santa Rosa, water buffalo, pigs, goats, dogs, washing machines and furniture lined the sides of a storm-tossed highway, where about 200 residents had been seeking refuge from the floods since Sunday night.

Jun Paddayuman, 27, in shorts and a white singlet caked with mud up to his chest, pointed to his nearby house, where flood waters had risen to the roof.

"The waters arrived suddenly. We did not expect it at all," he told AFP.

When the waters first appeared in his house, Paddayuman said he waded to the highway, helping his eight-months pregnant wife and three-year-old son to safety.

He added he had seen geese, chicken and dogs being carried off by the rampaging waters.

Nearby, two men pushed pigs placed on top of truck tyre inner tubes through chest-deep floods in a valiant attempt to save their hog farm.

Wide expanses of rice paddies had disappeared under torrents of water throughout the towns and villages north of Manila because of runoff from torrential rain unleashed by Koppu on nearby mountain ranges.

Koppu initially hit fishing and farming communities on the east coast of Luzon with winds of 210 kilometres an hour, making it the Philippines' second most powerful storm of the year.

By early evening on Monday, it was on the far northwest coast of Luzon and nearly out into the South China Sea, with its strongest winds weakening to 150 kilometres an hour, the state weather service said.

But Koppu was still dumping heavy rain and it was forecast to cut back northeast over Luzon and not leave the country until Wednesday.

The Philippines is hit with about 20 major storms a year, many of them deadly.

The most powerful storm ever recorded on land, Super Typhoon Haiyan, hit the Philippines in 2013, killing or leaving missing at least 7,350 people.

In the deadliest single incident related to Koppu, seven passengers aboard a small ferry were killed when it capsized in rough seas off the central island of Guimaras on Sunday.

Although the accident occurred more than 500 kilometres (300 miles) from the direct path of the typhoon, local authorities said the storm exacerbated seasonal monsoon conditions.

Three people were confirmed killed in Aurora province, where the storm made landfall, and four in the farming regions just north of Manila.

Most of those fatalities were due to drowning or being struck by fallen trees or other objects.


Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

.


Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
SHAKE AND BLOW
Thousands flee as Typhoon Koppu hits northern Philippines
Manila (AFP) Oct 18, 2015
Powerful Typhoon Koppu wrecked houses, tore down trees and unleashed landslides and floods, forcing thousands to flee as it pummelled the northern Philippines Sunday, officials said. No casualties were reported but more than 15,000 people were evacuated from their homes, with more expected to flee as the slow-moving storm grinds its way northwards across the main island of Luzon before it is ... read more


SHAKE AND BLOW
Fuel crisis halts aid supplies to quake-hit Nepalis

Slovenia to deploy army for migrant 'logistics support'

Rise and fall of agrarian states influenced by climate volatility

China Communist Party expels safety chief after Tianjin blasts

SHAKE AND BLOW
Hot stuff: Magnetic domain walls

Colombia receives Northrop Grumman AN/TPS-78 radar

Patterning oxide nanopillars at the atomic scale by phase transformation

Methodology could lead to more sustainable manufacturing systems

SHAKE AND BLOW
Ocean protection gaining momentum, but still lags progress made on land

Study shows new potential indirect effects of humans on water quality

Tracking Agricultural Water Use on a Smartphone

New study questions long-held theories of climate variability in the North Atlantic

SHAKE AND BLOW
2015 Antarctic maximum sea ice extent breaks streak of record highs

Shift in weaning age supports hunting-induced extinction of Siberian woolly mammoths

Study sees powerful winds carving away Antarctic snow

Could 'The Day After Tomorrow' happen?

SHAKE AND BLOW
Syria's Arctic seed vault relocated to Morocco, Lebanon

Researchers learn how to keep pathogens, pests from traveling with grain

Trade in invasive plants is blossoming

Colorful caterpillar chemists

SHAKE AND BLOW
Typhoon kills at least 16 in Philippines, strands thousands

Flooded residents on rooftops as Koppu pummels Philippines

Thousands flee as Typhoon Koppu hits northern Philippines

Volcanic eruptions affect flow of world's major rivers

SHAKE AND BLOW
Cow dung and old tyres inspire S.African township artists

Pro-Compaore politician arrested in Burkina over failed coup

Eutelsat and Facebook to partner on vsat initiative to get Africa online

Two Niger soldiers killed in 'Boko Haram ambush'

SHAKE AND BLOW
'Paleo' sleep? Sorry, pre-modern people don't get more Zzzzs than we do

Did Homo sapiens colonize Asia before Europe?

Modern humans out of Africa sooner than thought

Breakthrough for electrode implants in the brain




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement