Charity Caritas appeals for help for students living in coastal areas
This photo taken and released on September 1 by the Japan Meteorological Agency shows satellite images of Typhoon Hinnamnor, located east of Taiwan and close to the southern remote islands of Japan. (Photo: Japan Meteorological Agency/AFP)
Thousands of people and Catholic parishes in the northern islands of the Philippines began preparations on September 2 to deal with Super Typhoon Hinnamor.
Officials from the country’s weather bureau have warned that the storm, which is approaching the Philippines, is the most powerful typhoon of the year.
Local officials in the northern Batanes and Babuyan Islands have banned fishing boats from leaving the shore as winds and waves are expected to intensify in the next 36 hours, according to the Philippine Geophysical and Atmospheric Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) . Meanwhile, all classes in schools and colleges have been canceled.
Although Hinnamor was seen “almost stationary” in the Philippine Sea, east of Batanes province, dark clouds were seen from the capital Manila to the western Visayas.
“The magnitude of the typhoon can be seen from the northern Philippines to the Visayas region, cloudy skies and rain are expected. There will be rain showers due to the typhoon and the southwest monsoon which carried the effects of the typhoon,” Pagasa said in its weather advisory.
Hinnamor’s Eye was last reported 380 kilometers east of Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (kps), with gusts of up to 230 km/h, according to the weather bureau .
“We are not causing alarm but Typhoon Hinnamor has been dubbed the strongest typhoon of the year because it has been described as a ‘powerful storm,'” said Raymond Ordinario, Pagasa weather specialist. .
“The crucial days are Friday and the weekend”
Ordinario said that at present they were under the impression that the typhoon would not hit northern Luzon, although its effects could be felt across the country.
“The super typhoon will enter the northern border but is not expected to hit any part of our country directly. typhoon,” added Ordinario.
“The crucial days are Friday and weekends as that is when it will strengthen the southwest monsoon which will bring rains to the northern and central parts of Luzon.”
Despite the advisory, residents of Batanes secured their roofs by tying them down with ropes to avoid being swept away by the typhoon.
“We tied the ropes to the pillars. It’s kind of a tradition here on our island. We got used to this because our province is hit by several typhoons every year,” Batanes resident Roger Padua told UCA News.
Padua also said he and other locals had received announcements from their parishes that church doors were open to those wishing to evacuate once high winds and rains arrived.
“Children will be directly affected because their school supplies may be lost”
“Our parish leader went from house to house, telling us that our parish is ready to welcome us. But we’ll still stay [in our house]. Once the winds get stronger, we will not hesitate to evacuate,” he added.
In 2016, the neighbor of Padua was among hundreds of residents who nearly lost their lives when Typhoon Meranti made landfall on the island.
Nearly 300 homes were destroyed and more than 10,000 people were affected by the storm.
Meanwhile, the Church’s social arm has begun soliciting school supplies and dry goods for children and their families living in coastal areas.
“Our lines are open to donations. The children will be directly affected because their school supplies risk being lost like their books and papers. They need special care, above all they need good nutrition,” Father Ariel Jebulan, a Caritas clergyman, told Radyo Veritas.