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Morakot: An Early Dividend of Climate Change

Posted by feww on August 11, 2009

Foreboding Future of Climate Change

Morakot dumps record 2,500mm of rain on parts of Taiwan

In Taiwan, typhoon Morakot dumped a record 2,500 mm (100 inches) of rain on Pingtung County,  officials said Tuesday, causing severe flooding in at least three coastal towns and a dozen more villages.

The storm triggered the worst flooding in Taiwan in living memory, killing at least 50 people and injuring dozens more. About 60 people were reported missing, with another 400 – 600 people unaccounted for.

In China, Morakot has affected up to 12 million people in four coastal  provinces, killing at least 10 people with dozens more injured. The storm destroyed a many as 10,000 homes, reports said.

Slow-Moving Typhoon Morakot Soakes Taiwan

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After the slow-moving typhoon Morakot made landfall in Tawian, it soaked the southern part of the island with heavy rain between August 3 and 9, 2009, generating deadly landslides. The largest slide occurred in the southern mountains of Taiwan.

This image of the rainfall accumulation along Morakot’s path through the western Pacific is based on estimates from the near-real-time, Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis, which is produced by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The analysis depends on data from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite. Increasing storm intensity (beginning with Tropical Depression) is indicated by darker shades of red. Morakot intensified to Category 2 strength prior to landfall. Highest rainfall totals (greater than 900 millimeters, or about 34 inches) are dark blue, and they are concentrated over the mountains of southern Taiwan. According to BBC news, the flooding in Taiwan is the worst in 50 years. NASA image by Jesse Allen, using near-real-time data provided courtesy of TRMM Science Data and Information System at Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Rebecca Lindsey. [Edited by FEWW.]

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In this image taken on Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, and released by the Taiwan Military News Agency on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, a soldier sifts through debris from Typhoon Morakot in southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung county. A mudslide touched off by the deadly typhoon buried a remote mountain village in Taiwan, leaving at least 400 people unaccounted for, while officially there are 38 dead and 62 missing. (Taiwan Military News Agency/via AP).

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In this image taken on Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, and released by the Taiwan Military News Agency on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, an aerial view of the flooded village of Shao Lin inflicted by Typhoon Morakot is seen in southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung county. A mudslide touched off by the deadly typhoon buried a remote mountain village in Taiwan, leaving at least 400 people unaccounted for, while officially there are 38 dead and 62 missing. (Taiwan Military News Agency/via AP).

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Typhoon Etau Wreaks Havoc Along Coast of Honshu, Japan

Posted by feww on August 10, 2009

Typhoon Etau Monday pummeled the coast of Honshu, Japan, bringing torrential rains, which caused floods and landslides, and killing at least 13 people, with a dozen more missing.

The town of Sayō in Hyōgo prefecture  was reportedly inundated after torrential rains dumped a record 326 mm of rain in just 24 hours, disrupting air and rail links, Japan’s NHK reported the police as saying.

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The Paths of typhoons Morakot and Etau. Image Source: Pacific Disaster Center. Image may be subject to copyright.

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Source: Pacific Disaster Center/via BBC. Image may be subject to copyright.

“Brown waters engulfed the town, ripping through the walls of buildings, toppling trees and flushing cars and furniture through the streets, television images showed from Sayo in Hyōgo prefecture on Honshu island.” AFP reported.

“It was so scary, the water came surging with a roar,” a resident told japan’s  NHK. “I’ve lived here for 60 or 70 years, but I’ve never seen a scene like this before.”

Hyōgo and Okayama prefectures  were the hardest hit by floods and landslides caused by record rainfall, Xinhua reported.

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Hyōgo prefecture, Japan, more than 100 troops were deployed as a river burst its banks and inundated about 480 houses. AFP Photo. Image may be subject to copyright.

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The town of SAYO sumo-wrestled to the geound by Etau. Original caption: A man walks by a light truck turned over on its side in a street following a nearby river floods caused by a torrential rain in Sayo, western Japan, Monday, Aug. 10, 2009. Typhoon Etau slams into Japan causing floods and landslides. (AP Photo/Kyodo News). Image may be subject to copyright.

Storm Toll

In the past three days, at least 55 people have been killed in SE Asia as a result of the storms, with twice as many hurt and hundreds missing.

Reuters reported the farm-related losses in Taiwan and China which were  caused typhoon Morakot at about $500million. The news agency quoted local officials in Taiwan as saying that large numbers of houses were buried in mudslides, and that they had lost contact with up to 600 villagers.


A collapsed hotel building is seen in floods after Typhoon Morakot hit Taitung county, eastern Taiwan August 9, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer. Image may be subject to copyright.

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Typhoon Morakot Churns Over China

Posted by feww on August 9, 2009

The Shrinking World Will Never Be the Same!

Typhoon Morakot leaves a legacy of deluge and destruction in the Philippines and Taiwan before churning over China

Morakot made landfall on Xiapu, in the eastern province of Fujian,  SE coast of China, where more than a million people had been evacuated.

Morakot’s clocked winds of about 118 kilometers per hour on landfall,  Xinhua said.

The agency also reported one death: A 4-year-old boy who was buried in debris, which the rescue workers were unable to save him.

Xinhua reported the damge to property as as folows

  • More than 300 homes collapsed
  • About 16,000 hectares (39,500 acres) of land were flooded
  • At least 56 roads were inundated

The typhoon had earlier dumped 2,500mm of rain on Taiwan , more than 2,000mm  on Friday and Saturday alone, as it lashed the before heading for China. Taiwan authorities said  the flooding was the worst in living memory. At least two people were killed and 15 injured, with 29 others  reported as missing.

An 8-story hotel in Chihpen, in the south of Taiwan, collapsed after flood waters washed off its foundations, BBC reported.

About 25 people were reportedly killed in the Philippines after Morakot caused extensive flooding and landslides in the northern part of the country. About 200,000 people in the island of Luzon were affected by flooding and landslides caused by Kiko (Typhoon Morakot).

MTSAT Images of Morakot

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Still frame dated August 9, 2009 at 12:30UTC. NOAA.

Typhoon Morakot – EO/ NASA

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Typhoon Morakot bore down on the island of Taiwan on August 7, 2009. When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image at 1:25 p.m. local time (5:25 UTC), the center of the storm was just beginning to reach the shoreline. Morakot was a Category 2 storm with winds of about 160 kilometers per hour (100 miles per hour or 85 knots) and was moving slowly northwest over Taiwan. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecast that the storm would pass directly over Taipei, Taiwan’s capital, inundating the city with heavy rain. As a Category 2 storm, Morakot does not possess a distinctive eye. The storm is large, however. Its spiraling clouds stretch from the Philippines to Japan’s southern islands. NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.

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Dozens were reported missing, feared dead, after flooding in Taiwan. Photo: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

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Filipino villagers are left stranded after fast moving floodwater cut off a section of highway. Photo: AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.

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