Sea Games organisers scramble to face Typhoon Kammuri

02 Décembre, 2019, 17:57 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Philippine forecasters say Typhoon Kammuri (also called Tisoy) has maximum sustained winds of 150 kph (93 mph) near the center and gusts up to 185 kph (115 mph) around midday Monday.

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.

The storm is on track to then pass close to Manila, which is home to some 13 million people and the site for numerous SEA Games competitions.

Host country the Philippines put up a strong showing on the first day of the SEA Games, winning 23 golds in eight events including the men's and women's triathlon, and men's gymnastics.

The Typhoon Kammuri is expected to ravage the Bicol region first and then sweep across the capital city of Manila, which is now hosting the Southeast Asian Games.

'We have preemptively evacuated people in areas that are in the storm's direct path'.

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Possible Storm Surge height in surge prone areas: more than 3 meters over Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, and Camarines Sur; up to 3 meters over Quezon, Camarines Norte, Albay, Quezon, and Sorsogon.

Earlier this year at Japan's Rugby World Cup, three matches were cancelled as Typhoon Hagibis approached the country - one of the biggest and most powerful storms Japan has seen in many years that would eventually kill more than 80 people.

Kammuri is already snarling plans for the SEA Games, which opened Saturday for thousands of athletes from the region and is set to run through December 11 in and around Manila.

Typhoon Kammuri upset the scheduled events, with windsurfing, which was supposed to be held in Subic, cancelled over concerns for participants' safety. Organisers have reassured athletes that contingency plans are in place.

'For example, basketball or volleyball, normally if there are typhoons, which has been done, the competition continues if necessary but without spectators, ' he said.

This year's Games in Clark, Manila and Subic are already particularly complex, with a record 56 sports across dozens of venues that are in some cases hours apart by vehicle. Organizers hope more than 500 million viewers will tune in on TV by the end of competition on December 11.

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