‘BE CAU­TIOUS, FOL­LOW IN­STRUC­TIONS’

Wisma Pu­tra ad­vises peo­ple to de­fer travel to typhoon-hit ar­eas in the Philip­pines

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION -

MALAYSIANS have been urged to de­fer non-es­sen­tial travel to ar­eas af­fected by Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philip­pines.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, Wisma Pu­tra said Malaysians who are vis­it­ing or live in the af­fected ar­eas were ad­vised to be cau­tious and fol­low in­struc­tions from lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

“The For­eign Af­fairs Min­istry con­firms that no Malaysians have been re­ported in­jured as a re­sult of the typhoon,” it said in a state­ment.

“The min­istry through the Malaysian Em­bassy in Manila to­gether with the Con­sulate Gen­eral Of­fice in Davao, Min­danao, are mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

“The em­bassy is also in close con­tact with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties for the lat­est up­dates and ad­vi­sories.”

Malaysians in the af­fected ar­eas who re­quire con­sular as­sis­tance should con­tact ei­ther the Malaysian Em­bassy in Manila or the Con­sulate Gen­eral in Davao, Min­danao.

The Malaysian em­bassy’s ad­dress is 107, Torde­sil­las Street, Sal­cedo Vil­lage, Makati City, 1227 Philip­pines.

It can be reached at +63 2 662 8200, +63 917 864 0761 (af­ter work­ing hours) or mw­manila@kln.gov.my.

The Con­sulate Gen­eral of Malaysia is lo­cated on the sec­ond winds tore trees from the ground and rain un­leashed dozens of land­slides.

In the north­ern town of Bag­gao, the storm col­lapsed houses, tore off roofs and downed power lines.

Some roads were cut off by land­slides and many re­mained sub­merged.

Farms across Lu­zon, which pro­duces a large por­tion of the na­tion’s rice and corn, were sub­merged un­der muddy flood­wa­ters, their crops ru­ined just a month be­fore har­vest.

More than 105,000 peo­ple fled their homes in the largely ru­ral re­gion.

The dead in­cluded many killed in land­slides, a girl who drowned and a se­cu­rity guard crushed by a fall­ing wall.

In ad­di­tion to the 25 killed in the Philip­pines, a wo­man was swept out to sea in Tai­wan.

An av­er­age of 20 ty­phoons and storms lash the Philip­pines each year.

The coun­try’s dead­li­est storm on record is Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 7,350 peo­ple dead or miss­ing across the cen­tral Philip­pines in Novem­ber 2013.

Typhoon Mangkhut has weak­ened since blast­ing into the Philip­pine coast on Satur­day, but was pack­ing sus­tained winds of 175km per hour as it hur­tled to­wards China’s heav­ily pop­u­lated south­ern coast.

Rain and strong winds lashed Hong Kong yes­ter­day morn­ing as the storm ap­proached.

The city’s ob­ser­va­tory warned that Typhoon Mangkhut would pass 100km south of Hong Kong at noon as it raised the storm alert to the high­est level.

REUTERS PIC

Bro­ken glass from a gate in a restau­rant seen in the wake of Typhoon Mangkhut mak­ing land­fall in Guang­dong prov­ince, Shen­zhen, yes­ter­day.

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