Typhoon Koppu Nears The Philippines; Recovery Continues in Myanmar
The Philippines Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has begun issuing warnings against venturing out in the waters of northern Luzon as Typhoon Koppu nears the island. According to PAGASA, Koppu, known locally as Lando, is posing an “impending threat” to the Aurora-Isabela area (PAGASA Severe Weather Bulletin #5).
Typhoon Koppu, which formed in the western Pacific on October 13, is expected to make landfall in eastern Luzon as early as October 17 (NASA, ECHO). As of October 15 (2100 UTC), Koppu is located approximately 409 nautical miles east of Manila, with maximum sustained winds at 70 knots (80 miles per hour) (JTWC Warning #12)
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has initiated preparedness measures, and the Operations Center remains on “Blue Alert,” the second highest alert level in the pre-disaster situation (NDRRMC SitRep No.2, NDRRMC).
RVA Country Profile: Myanmar
According to reports, an estimated 1.7 million people across Myanmar have been temporarily displaced by flooding and landslides since mid-July (ReliefWeb/UNICEF). Recovery operations continue, with the Government of Myanmar leading activities to support infrastructure improvements to “build back better” disaster-affected communities. According to media reports, the “worst natural disaster in Myanmar since Cyclone Nargis,” will not cause the upcoming “landmark” general election to be postponed (Trust.org).
With ongoing and recurrent flooding continuing to be a risk through October, this week’s RVA Country Profile takes a look at the Coping Capacity of Myanmar, the country’s ability to absorb and respond to the negative impacts associated with a hazard event.
This Week in Hazards
- Tropical storm warnings remain in effect for parts of the Northern Mariana Islands, with a typhoon watch in effect for Agrihan, Pagan, and Almagan, as Tropical Storm Champi continues to track toward the islands (NWS Guam Advisory #11). As of October 15 (2100 UTC), Champi is located approximately 160 miles east-northeast of Saipan, and expected to track through the Northern Mariana Islands. Champi’s current maximum wind speeds remain at 65 miles per hour, though intensification over the next few days is expected.
- The effects of insufficient rainfall continue to impact southern Ethiopia, raising concerns about cropping and pastoral activities as drought conditions persist (CPC). Reports indicate that rainfall over other parts of the country has been near or above average. Over the next week, widespread rains are expected over East Africa, with above normal rain likely for parts of the region.
Current Hazard Warnings
Tropical Cyclone: Koppu (Western Pacific)
Flood: Myanmar, United States (South Carolina, Texas)
Wildfire: United States (Wyoming, California, Texas)
Drought: United States (Southern, Western), Ethiopia
Biomedical: West Africa
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