Strong Winds: Ports closed; India, Philippines toll

By Rajive Singh

ABU DHABI 4 January 2019: The UAE’s National Center of Meteorology (NCM) has warned sea-goers in the Arabian Gulf that fresh Northwesterly wind with a speed of 40 km/h will be affecting the sea.

Waves of 6-8 feet in height are expected from 3.00 a.m. Friday until 3.00 a.m. Saturday, NCM told Wam in a statement.

Operations at main ports halted due to unstable weather

KUWAIT: Kuwait Ports Authority announced Thursday the suspension of navigation at the three main ports of Shuwaikh, Shuaiba and Doha due to unstable weather conditions.

KPA said in a statement to the Kuwait News Agency, that entry and exit operations of ships were halted at 8:00 am due to strong winds and rough seas.

Kuwait has been hit by unstable weather conditions involving winds exceeding 60 km per hour and low visibility of below 1,000 metres, added Kuan.

Death toll reaches 9 in Odisha, India boat tragedy

ODISHA, India: The death toll in the boat capsize incident in Mahanadi river near Nipania in Kendrapara in Odisha has reached nine after eight more bodies were recovered late on Wednesday night, reported Asian News International, ANI.

Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik has expressed deep grief over the death of nine persons in the boat tragedy, conveying his deep sympathy to the bereaved families.

“He also ordered free medical treatment for the injured,” added ANI.

Death toll in landslides, floods in Philippines climbs to 122

MANILA: The death toll from landslides and floods in the eastern Philippines has climbed to 122 as emergency teams reach isolated areas and recover more bodies, officials said Thursday.

According to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur, quoted civil defence and disaster risk reduction officials as saying that nearly 30 people were still reported missing in the affected areas in the eastern regions of Bicol and Eastern Visayas.

The tropical depression was the last and deadliest cyclone to hit the Philippines in 2018. Previously, Typhoon Mangkhut was considered the deadliest, killing more than 80 people in September.

Nearly 25,000 people were displaced by the landslides and floods, the national disaster risk reduction office said.

“Each year the Philippines is hit by an average of 20 cyclones, causing floods, landslides and other accidents,” added DPA.

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