Typhoon Mina (Nanmadol)

Typhoon MINA (NANMADOL), the strongest typhoon this year, leaves death and destruction in the North of the Philippines (29 August 2011).

On August 24, a previously strong disturbance (12W) has been upgraded to a severe tropical storm by JMA (Japanese Meteorological Agency), naming it Nanmadol (Mina). Later that day, the convective banding improved and Nanmadol developed an eye-like feature. As a result, Nanmadol continued to intensify rapidly and became a typhoon.

On August 28, Mina weakened to a Category 2 storm as it slightly gained speed. Its core started to move away from the Batanes Group of Islands in the direction of Taiwan.

Typhoon conditions still prevail across the Batanes Islands (60-100 km/h winds) but will start to recede later today. The Inner rainbands are still spreading across Ilocos Norte, Northern Cagayan, Bashi Channel and the Southern Coast of Taiwan where the core of Typhoon Mina has made its second landfall close to Kaohsiung city. Mina will continue to enhance the Southwest monsoonal flow across Western Luzon, bringing occasional rains and gusty winds.

Residents in low lying and mountainous areas particularly over the western section of Northern and Central Luzon are alerted that flashfloods and landslides might occur. Likewise, those living in coastal areas should be prepared for big waves generated by the monsoon surge.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), a total of 42246 families, comprising more than 170000 persons, have been affected by flooding and strong winds following Mina in 485 barangays of 73 municipalities. Moreover, 12 dead and 9 missing persons have been reported. The estimated cost of damages in agriculture, infrastructure and school buildings amount to almost 956 million PhP.

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