Nina strikes, then weakens slightly. Massive rescue efforts mobilized.

Nina is here.

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The landfall
The first landfall took place in Bato, Catanduanes at 6:30 pm on Christmas day. The 2nd landfall occurred at 9:30 PM in Sagñay, Camarines Sur. The Bicol region witnessed high winds and heavy rainfall.

The first casualty was the electricity in the whole province immediately after the landfall.

The US Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecasted gusts of 280 km/hr and fiery winds up to 235 KM/hr at landfall in Catanduanes. The typhoon will affect the lives of about 45 million people according to PAGASA.

Nina would weaken after the cold winds from the north collided with the Sierra Madre mountain range as per PAGASA.

This morning

The typhoon weakened at dawn today while proceeding towards Calabarzon. PAGASA, bulletin at 5 AM said. It was hovering around crossing marine channel Mompog Pass.
The westward movement however continued at 20 kilometers per hour (km/h). Maximum wind speeds are down from 175 Km/hr to 150 Km/hr while the gusts are at 250 Km/hr from 290 Km/hr.
Nina or Nock-Ten (its international name) got its name from a bird found in Laos. It will be near Metro Manila at about 2 PM today.

The preparations
The administration aided in the rescue efforts of the fleeing people by providing military trucks to transport the elderly and the children to safer places.

The weathermen had warned of widespread heavy rains with strong gusts of winds in Southern Luzon. Even Metro manila saw the hoisting of the tropical cyclone warning No. 2 in the evening at 5 P.M.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) kept issuing updated warnings. The forecast was for waves reaching up to 3 meters causing landslides and flash floods in Bicol and nearby areas.

The rescue efforts

The military authorities were active in the region and kept up the evacuations in advance of the landfall. They used megaphones to exhort people to be fully prepared when they boarded the military trucks.

As a result, the main instruction was to travel light and have breakfast before boarding their transport. Furthermore, hundreds of thousands of people to pre-determined shelters in safe locations.

In addition, village officials played an active role in organizing the evacuations from their villages. They moved infants and their parents and the elderly to earmarked locations.

In fact, evacuations take place to some schools and other strong structures in times of such calamities.

Most worthy is that natural calamities are regular in this region.

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Umrao singh
Monday, December 26, 2016
Written for: Lars-Magnus Carlsson