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Copernicus EMS Rapid Mapping activated for monitoring typhoon Mangkhut aftermath over the northern Philippines

EMS Information Bulletin
17/09/2018

Over the weekend, Super Typhoon Mangkhut, the most powerful storm of 2018 according to meteorologists, swept through the Philippines, Hong Kong and Southern China, leaving behind a path of destruction and mayhem. On 15 September, Mangkhut swept over the Northern Philippines with maximum sustained winds of 200 km/h near the centre and gusts of up to 330 km/h, the ERCC reports (16 September Echo Daily Flash). The death toll in the Philippines currently stands at 64, although authorities are afraid it could surpass 100 as more casualties are uncovered underneath landslides. Severe damage to road infrastructure and power lines is reported, some provinces are suffering from complete blackouts. The latest ERCC update states that close to  220,000 people had been evacuated and 590,000 people were affected across 433 municipalities of the Philippines (17 September Echo Daily Flash).

 

The Copernicus EMS is activated for Typhoon Mangkhut the second time (first activation: EMSR310: Tropical Cyclone MANGKHUT-18 in the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam). The Copernicus EMS rapid mapping teams worked over the weekend to produce emergency maps over fifteen Areas of Interest (AoIs). All of the produced delineation maps show large areas affected by floods.

 

Dr Philippe Brunet, Director for Space Policy, Copernicus and Defence at the European Commission said: “Our Copernicus Emergency Management Service demonstrates once more its truly global dimension: we are mapping simultaneously the aftermath of Hurricane Florence for the US Federal Emergency Management Agency and the floods resulting from Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines. Teams have been working in shifts throughout the weekend and over 35 maps have already been delivered to support relief efforts on the ground”.

 

After battering the Philippines, the typhoon moved towards Hong Kong and Macau where it wreaked havoc in urban areas with wind gusts of 160 km/h causing over 3-meter storm surges.  Then, Mangkhut accelerated through Southern China, province of Guangdong, and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, affecting over half a million of peopleDue to the storm, schools have been closed, high-speed train circulation suspended and hundreds of flights cancelled in the affected area.

 

 

 

Only recently (Monday, 17 September, morning GMT+2) the Typhoon transformed into a tropical depression. According to the ERCC, it is forecast to move over north-west Guanxi and south-eastern Yunnan Provinces, weakening further. Heavy rain and strong winds could still affect south-west China, Hainan Island and north-east Vietnam over 17-18 September.

 

The maps and vector data are available for viewing and download on the EMS website: Activation EMSR312.

 

For updates on this and other activations, follow Copernicus EMS on Twitter.

 

ECHO Daily Map 14/9/2018 – Tropical Cyclone Mangkhut (Credit: Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC))

 

Activation Extent Map showing the AoIs defined for the emergency map production (Copernicus EMS © 2018 EU, [EMSR312] Activation Extent Map)

 

Delineation map over Aparri, the Philippines, showing 1910 ha affected by flooding Copernicus EMS © 2018 EU, [EMSR312] Aparri: Delineation Map)

 

Copernicus Sentinel-3 image of the eye of the Tropical Cyclone Mangkhut as it was reaching the Philippines

 

Copernicus Sentinel-3 image of the eye of the Tropical Cyclone Mangkhut as it was reaching Hong Kong and Southern China

 

 

For more information contact

 

support@copernicus.eu
+32 495 544 844 (European CET time)
Follow our Twitter feed @CopernicusEMS where maps and vector data are posted automatically in near real time


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