Since 18 September, torrential rainfall has caused flooding, mud flows and landslides in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. As of 22 September (09:00, UTC+8), 14 deaths were confirmed and nine people were reported missing while an additional 5,400 people were temporarily relocated. 81,000 people across 28 counties and 13 cities in the two provinces have been affected, including over 8,000 people who need immediate assistance. Local disaster management authorities have provided relief assistance to the affected communities.
[JTWC] Summary: TYPHOON 20W (MEGI), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 343 NM SOUTH OF KADENA AB, HAS TRACKED WEST-NORTH-WESTWARD AT 09 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 260000Z IS 32 FEET. NEXT WARNINGS AT 260900Z, 261500Z, 262100Z AND 270300Z.
[JTWC] Summary: TYPHOON 20W (MEGI), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 486 NM SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF KADENA AB, HAS TRACKED WEST-NORTHWESTWARD AT 12 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 250000Z IS 30 FEET. NEXT WARNINGS AT 250900Z, 251500Z, 252100Z AND 260300Z.
MEXICO, USA – TC PAINE
• Tropical Cyclone PAINE continued moving north near the western coasts of Baja California peninsula, weakening and becoming a Post Tropical Cyclone. On 21 September at 3.00 (UTC) its centre was located approx. 140 km west of Punta Eugenia (Baja California State) and it had max. sustained winds speed of 55 km/h.
By Joanna Chiu
BEIJING, 21 September 2016
The world’s strongest storm of the year slammed into China last week, just as the country was recovering from severe flooding that the government said left about 1,000 people dead. In many nations, this would prompt a deluge of donations to disaster response, but not in China, which is ranked the second-least charitable country in the world.
BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Weather forecasters issued an orange alert for waves and a yellow alert for storms on Sunday as Typhoon Malakas moved along the east coast of the Chinese mainland.
Typhoon Malakas was at sea off southeastern coast of Zhejiang Province at 8 a.m. Sunday, said China's National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center.
BEIJING, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- China's top economic planner on Tuesday allocated 28 million yuan (4.2 million U.S. dollars) from the central budget to typhoon-hit Zhejiang Province to support its disaster relief work.
The money will be used in restoration and construction of infrastructure and public facilities damaged by Typhoon Meranti and Typhoon Malakas this month, said the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
Tropical cyclone Meranti is the strongest cyclone to hit China this year. It was also the strongest TC to hit Fujian province since 1949.
After passing Taiwan, TC Meranti made landfall in Fujian province on 15 September, leaving 28 people dead and 15 others missing.
Authorities in the Fujian province estimate that more than 18 300 houses have been damaged and significant direct economic losses are counted in billions of EUR.
Beijing, China | AFP | Sunday 9/18/2016 - 10:26 GMT
The death toll from the strongest typhoon to hit China in nearly 70 years has reached 28, state news said Sunday, days after the storm crashed into the country's coastline.
Heavy rains and winds up to 170 kilometres per hour (105 miles per hour) whipped eastern Fujian province late last week, flooding streets and knocking over trees, billboards and power lines.
BEIJING, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Marine forecasting authorities on Saturday gave an orange alert for waves and storms, as Typhoon Malakas skirted Taiwan and moved to the east coast of the Chinese mainland.
Malakas, the 16th typhoon in 2016, has entered the southern part of the East China Sea on Saturday afternoon, China's National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center said.
This update is based on internal displacement figures made available to IDMC across 16 countries from January-August 2016. These figures will be updated and expanded upon regularly and can be accessed via IDMC’s Global Internal Displacement Database (GIDD) which can be viewed at http://www.internal-displacement.org/database.
Beijing, China | AFP | Friday 9/16/2016 - 05:23 GMT
Typhoon Meranti has left at least 16 people dead or missing in China and an ancient bridge destroyed as it wreaked havoc on the country's eastern coast, the government said Friday.
The storm, described by the official Xinhua news agency as the world's strongest typhoon this year and the worst to hit Fujian province since records began in 1949, had killed seven people by Friday morning, the civil affairs ministry said in a statement.
Tropical Cyclone MERANTI continued moving north-west over the South China Sea and made landfall over Kinmen county (Fujian province) on 14 September afternoon (UTC) as an intense Typhoon. It then continued moving inland, weakening. On 14 September at 18.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 14 km south-east of Xiangan (Fujian) and it had max. sustained wind speed of 167 km/h (Typhoon).
Typhoon Meranti is sweeping across the Pacific and the Red Cross in Taiwan and Chinese Red Cross are responding.
The typhoon, with strong winds and heavy rain, is considered the strongest storm since 2013’s Super Typhoon Haiyan. Haiyan was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, devastating portions of Southeast Asia, especially the Philippines.
Beijing, China | AFP | Thursday 9/15/2016 - 06:27 GMT
Typhoon Meranti battered southeastern China with heavy winds and torrential rain on Thursday, cutting power, ripping up trees and smashing windows, a day after lashing Taiwan.
The super typhoon, packing winds of 170 kilometres per hour (105 miles per hour) made landfall around 3am near the city of Xiamen before heading inland, state media said.
Images from Xiamen showed flooded streets, uprooted trees, and traffic signs torn from their posts by the violent winds.
Save the Children stands ready to respond to Typhoon Meranti
China is preparing for a deluge of rain from a category 5 ‘Super’ Typhoon, after the storm tracked past Taiwan’s southern coast today.
Typhoon Meranti, which is the strongest storm since Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, is packing sustained winds of more than 300km/h, and is due to make landfall in China on Thursday morning.
Tropical Cyclone MERANTI continued moving north-west over the Philippine Sea and made landfall over Itbayat island (Batanes group of islands) on 13 September afternoon (UTC) as a very intense Typhoon. It then continued moving north-northwest maintaining its intensity. On 14 September at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 35 km south of the south coast of Pingtung county (Taiwan) and it had max. sustained wind speed of 287 km/h (Typhoon).
Bangkok – As one of the strongest storms on record approaches the coastline of China, development and humanitarian organisation Plan International is preparing to assist the emergency response if international assistance is requested.
Typhoon Meranti has strengthened to Super Typhoon status and is currently one of the strongest storms on record, approaching the strength of Typhoon Haiyan which devastated the Philippines in 2013. At the time, Haiyan was the largest storm on record.
Liu Lingling, Disaster Risk Management Officer for Plan International China said:
• TC MERANTI: On 13 September at 06.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 317 km east of Batan island (Batanes islands, Philippines) and 500 km south-east of the eastern coast of Taiwan and had max. sustained wind speed of 296 km/h (Typhoon).
• Over the next 24 h it is forecast to continue moving north-west maintaining its intensity.
Heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge may affect areas along its path. It may move near or over the Batanes islands on 13 September afternoon (UTC), possibly as a very intense Typhoon.