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Whoa! Big typhoon roaring into India

(7 Posts)
thatbags Sat 12-Oct-13 18:35:23

absent Sun 13-Oct-13 07:32:03

The last one this size killed thousands of people. It seems that the country is better prepared this time and many people have been moved to safer places. There will still be much human misery I fear.

absent Sun 13-Oct-13 20:47:22

Phailin is, apparently, about the size of France – something that is very hard to visualise. Good planning means that deaths so far have totalled about 17 but, although the people were moved to storm shelters, coastal towns and villages are wrecked.

j08 Sun 13-Oct-13 21:03:18

"resilience and luck" hmm

absent Sun 13-Oct-13 21:57:00

There was a huge amount of planning and organising to save lives. Seventeen deaths compared with about 10,000 in 1999 must be down to more than resilience and luck. Think 3-metre high floods.

j08 Sun 13-Oct-13 22:05:23


FlicketyB Mon 14-Oct-13 21:53:30

I lived in Hong Kong as a child and can remember the Typhoon season, when tropical storms like this would rampage across the area. Before modern communications, as well as radio announcements there was a system of semaphore type posts in elevated areas where cones were hoisted to warn people a typhoon was coming and when 5 cones were hoisted schools closed and ferries shut down. We had to stay indoors until the danger level came back down under 5.

There were huge areas of shanty towns where refugees from communist China lived and I can remember how these areas suffered during typhoons as my mother was involved in organising voluntary help for those most badly affected.