Typhoon Kammuri: 1 dead, thousands displaced as Manila global airport suspends operations

A powerful typhoon is threatening plans for the Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines

Thousands flee as Typhoon Kammuri churns towards Philippines - The Jakarta Post

Southeast Asian Games venues and officials in the Manila region are "ready", competition organisers said Monday, as powerful Typhoon Kammuri churned toward the Philippines.

In its media briefing, PHISGOC chief operating officer Ramon Suzara said they have prepared a contingency plan to reschedule some games and prepare for the inclement weather, but noted that there will be no extension of the event. Windsurfing was halted as a precaution and triathlon events were held earlier than scheduled, an official said at the weekend.

Windsurfing events were scheduled from begin on November 28, but organizers are eyeing to push its opening to Thursday, Dec. 5, depending on the movement and effects of the typhoon, venue manager Julious Macam earlier said.

Agregado said that venues will not be changed, but in the event of bad weather the equipment will be taken down and put back together once events are rescheduled.

CAAP said airports in Bicol, Eastern Visayas, central and southern Mindanao regions, have already prepared by boarding up facilities, reinforcing structures, charging generators, and restocking batteries and needed emergency supplies. In Albay, Sorsogon and Catanduanes provinces, where the typhoon is expected to blow ashore, pounding rain and wind started to rattle tin roofs and block visibility by nightfall.

Officials warned of storm surges of up to 3 meters (nearly 10 feet), prompting the early evacuations of almost 90,000 villagers from coastal communities and low-lying areas prone to flash floods and landslides, according to the Office of Civil Defense.

No mandatory evacuation has been ordered yet, the disaster management office said.

Kammuri is threatening to disrupt the Southeast Asian Games events near the country's capital, Manila.

Seven of the last 11 SEA Games hosts have topped the table, reflecting the tradition of rewriting the sporting programme to suit local strengths.

Athletes from Singapore have seen their shares of gold medals as well, with Yong Yi Xiang winning the country's first gold medal in Wushu in the men's changquan finals on December 1, Sunday.

By the evening the home nation topped the table with more than 35 medals. Organizers hope more than 500 million viewers will tune in on TV by the end of competition on December 11.

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