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Cargo ship sinks as Typhoon Utor hits Hong Kong

08/14/2013 12:42 GMT

by Joe Sinclair

HONG KONG, August 14, 2013 (AFP) - A 190-metre-long cargo ship sank off Hong Kong Wednesday in a strong typhoon that whipped up towering waves and forced much of the city to shut down, after killing six in the Philippines.

Packing winds of up to 150 kilometers (90 miles) per hour at its centre, Typhoon Utor made landfall in mainland China at 3:50 pm (0750 GMT) in the southern city of Yangjiang, the official Xinhua news agency said.

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Severe typhoon hits Hong Kong

08/14/2013 04:40 GMT

HONG KONG, August 14, 2013 (AFP) - Hong Kong battened down Wednesday as Severe Typhoon Utor forced the closure of the city's financial market and schools and disrupted hundreds of flights, after leaving six dead in the Philippines.

Gusts of more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) per hour were recorded, with rain lashing down, as the Hong Kong Observatory issued a "Number 8" storm warning -- the third highest level.

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Asian Alliance Against Torture and Ill-treatment launched

A group of 26 human rights defenders and organisations, today concluded a five-day regional conclave and formed a unique regional initiative - The Asian Alliance Against Torture and Ill-treatment (AAAT). The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims (RCT), Denmark took the lead to organise the foundational meeting of the AAAT, first of its kind in Asia. The meeting was held from 15 to 19 September at the AHRC's office in Hong Kong.

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About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation monitoring and lobbying human rights issues in Asia. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984

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Flights cancelled, schools closed as typhoon heads for Hong Kong

Hong Kong_(dpa) _ Dozens of flights were cancelled Tuesday as Typhoon Hagupit, which killed at least five people in the Philippines, bore down on Hong Kong.

Schools and kindergartens were closed Tuesday afternoon, and ferry services to outlying islands were suspended as the fast-moving storm closed in on the high-rise city of 6.9 million.

Weathermen forecast the typhoon would brush past Hong Kong Tuesday evening before making landfall in southern China. A high storm signal was expected to be hoisted by 6 pm (1000 GMT) Tuesday.

The Hong Kong Airport Authority said

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Track and windspeed of Typhoon Nuri (as of 22 Aug 2008, 06:00 GMT)

Typhoon Nuri is forecast to strike China as a tropical storm at about 06:00 GMT on 22 August. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggest that the point of landfall will be near 21.6 N, 114.6 E. Nuri is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 101 km/h (63 mph). Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher.

The information above is provided for guidance only and should not be used to make life or death decisions or decisions relating to property. Anyone in the region who is concerned for
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Track and windspeed of Typhoon Nuri (as of 20 Aug 2008)

Typhoon Nuri struck the Philippines at about 18:00 GMT on 19 August. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggest that the point of landfall was near 18.4 N, 123.0 E. Nuri brought 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 166 km/h (103 mph). Wind gusts in the area may have been considerably higher.

According to the Saffir-Simpson damage scale the potential property damage and flooding from a storm of Nuri's strength (category 2) at landfall includes:

- Storm surge generally 1.8-2.4 metres (6-8 feet) above normal.
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Track and windspeed of Typhoon Nuri (as of 19 Aug 2008)

Typhoon Nuri is forecast to strike the Philippines at about 18:00 GMT on 19 August. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggest that the point of landfall will be near 18.3 N, 123.0 E. Nuri is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 166 km/h (103 mph). Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher.

According to the Saffir-Simpson damage scale the potential property damage and flooding from a storm of Nuri's strength (category 2) at landfall includes:

    * Storm surge generally