Typhoon Meranti Makes Landfall, Typhoon Malakas Approaches
On September 14, the “strongest typhoon of the year” skirted past the southern tip of Taiwan, cutting power to more than 180,000 households—according to Chinese media, the number of homes may actually exceed half a million—and bringing parts of the island to a “standstill” (ReliefWeb/AFP). According to reports, Typhoon Meranti brought violent winds and torrential rainfall to eastern and southern Taiwan as it tracked northwestward into the Taiwan Strait (ReliefWeb/AFP).
Typhoon Meranti made a second landfall in southeastern China near Xiamen in the Fujian Province on September 15 (local time) (NASA). According to reports, an estimated 320,000 homes were without power in Xiamen, while across the Fujian Province, approximately 1.65 million homes had no electricity (Reuters).
As of September 14 (2100 UTC), the Joint Typhoon Warning Center issued its Final Warning for Typhoon Meranti as it tracked inland over China (JTWC Warning #25).
With response and recovery operations underway, Taiwan is also readying for potential impacts from Typhoon Malakas, which is expected to track near the island as it moves toward southwestern Japan (NASA). After forming earlier in the week, Malakas is located approximately 419 nautical miles southeast of Taipei, Taiwan, with maximum sustained winds at 90 knots (104 miles per hour) (JTWC Warning #17).
RVA Country Profile: China
This Week in Hazards
- Areas of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) continue to experience effects from extensive flooding triggered by heavy rains (August 28 to September 2), especially in the North Hamyong province (ECHO). As of September 14, an estimated 20,000 houses have been destroyed, in addition to schools, health clinics, and other critical infrastructure (ReliefWeb/UNRC). Sheltering the estimated 107,000 people displaced by the floods remains one of the priorities for humanitarian intervention, especially as nightly temperatures are expected to drop below zero in the coming month (ReliefWeb/ACAPS).
- On August 28, the Ministry of Health in Singapore confirmed localized transmission of Zika virus in the country—as of September 11, there have been a total of 329 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus in Singapore (MOH, NEA).
- According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a yellow fever outbreak in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has been brought under control by a major vaccination campaign (WHO, Reuters). In January, WHO was notified of an outbreak of yellow fever in Angola; by March, the outbreak had spread to the DRC (ReliefWeb). As of September 1, more than 2.8 million people in Angola had been vaccinated in the first phase of the campaign. Phase II of the vaccination campaign is currently underway, with the goal of reaching another 3 million people in 12 provinces (ReliefWeb/WHO).
Current Hazard Warnings
Tropical Cyclone: Orlene (Eastern North Pacific), Malakas (Western North Pacific)
Flood: England, Nigeria, Niger, North Korea, Honduras, Australia (Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland)
Drought: United States (Western, Southern, Northeastern)
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