Penang cleans up after storm

November 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 8 November 2017: Strong winds and heavy rain closed down many of Penang’s tourist attractions as the popular island destination suffered the worst storms in decades.

A weekend of torrential downpour and strong winds, left many parts of Georgetown, the state capital, inundated with flood water, while there were reports of landslides in the hilly regions of the island.

According to bulletins, issued by travel management companies, the storms resulted in the temporarily closure of some sites and activities possibly for rest of the week. Read more

Floods recede in Northeast

August 4, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 3 August 2017: Flights have resumed to Sakhon Nakhon, Wednesday, after heavy flooding caused by the tropical storm, SONCA, that hit the region late last week.

Water overflowed from rivers and reservoirs inundating vast areas of the region that relies mainly on agriculture and rice farming. Some hotels in Sakon Nakhon were flooded to the first floor, while roads were closed in some areas.

Floods that hit most provinces in the central and southern areas of Northeast Thailand especially those close to the Mekong River. The river that demarks the border with Thailand and Laos was at an all-time high last week. Read more

Travellers face weather woes

July 25, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 25 July 2017: Various meteorological sources in Vietnam have warned that more typhoons are expected to make landfall between Thanh Hoa and Quang Binh in central Vietnam 25 to 26 July.

Forecasts say tropical storms will lessen to local, tropical depressions but with possible extreme precipitation.

In its latest alert for the travel trade, Asian Trails Vietnam reported suppliers and tourism organisations in the area had confirmed heavy rainfall in the region, but not to the extent that would cause major interference or disruption of tour operations. Read more

Floods sink Myanmar pagoda

July 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 25 July 2017: Rising floodwaters have swallowed a Buddhist pagoda in central Myanmar and sent tens of thousands fleeing their homes, as the government warned of more heavy rains ahead.

Dramatic footage circulating on social media showed the riverside pagoda sinking into the flood waters in Magway region, with shocked bystanders looking on as its golden spire collapsed beneath the waves.

Monk Pyinnya Linkara, who filmed the footage, said the pagoda was destroyed on Thursday last week. Read more

Cyclone ravages north Australia

March 29, 2017 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

AYR, AUSTRALIA, 29 March 2017: Towns were cut off and without power in northern Australia Wednesday after being pummelled by a powerful cyclone that washed battered yachts ashore and ripped roofs off houses in scenes compared to “a war zone”.

The category four storm slammed into the coast of Queensland state between Bowen and Airlie Beach on Tuesday afternoon, packing destructive winds and devastating some of the region’s tourist hotspots.

It has since been downgraded to a tropical low but the Bureau of Meteorology still warned of damaging wind gusts with “intense” rain. Read more

Storm disrupts Hanoi flights

July 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HANOI, 29 July 2016: A powerful storm rolled across northern Vietnam, Thursday, killing one person, delaying flights and felling hundreds of trees in the capital Hanoi.

Tropical storm Mirinae, which barrelled across China’s Hainan island before surging into Vietnam in the early hours of Thursday, brought high winds and more than 280 millimetres of rain as it pushed inland.

More than 32,000 people were evacuated ahead of the storm, which struck six provinces and cities across the north, authorities said. Read more

Typhoon Goni heads for Japan

August 24, 2015 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

MANILA, 24 August 2015: Typhoon Goni was bearing down on Japan late Sunday, after leaving at least 10 dead in the northern Philippines and causing thousands of people to be evacuated in Taiwan.

By Sunday afternoon the storm was 240 kilometres (149 miles) east of Taiwan’s capital Taipei and was moving north at 19 miles an hour, the island’s Central Weather Bureau said.

The Philippines was hit hardest by the storm, which triggered landslides and floods — killing at least 10 and leaving 17 missing in the north of the main island of Luzon.

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