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South China Sea PANIC: Super Typhoon on track to hit disputed waters as tensions escalate
November 4, 2020
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The Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) warned residents to brace for the incoming thunderstorms. The South China Sea region has been subject to territorial disputes and conflict for years.
Dr Herizal, BMKG’s deputy for climatology, said Indonesia could be hit with strong winds and thunderstorms in the coming days.
He warned that the typhoon has developed into a Category 5 tropical cyclone, which is the highest classification on the scale.
According to the Jakarta Post, on Monday Dr Herizal said: “Typhoon Goni, which has developed into a Category 5 tropical cyclone, is a call for caution because it may trigger high waves, thunderstorms and strong winds in several regions in Indonesia.”
Super Typhoon Goni is one of the most powerful Typhoons in the world this year.
It has already smashed through the Philippines over the weekend causing serious damage.
The typhoon destroyed buildings, toppled trees and caused floods and mudslides in the Philippines on Sunday.
According to reports, at least 17 people died and more than two million impacted after the typhoon swept over the country.
Dr Herizal said the typhoon was predicted to pass through the Philippines and move toward the South China Sea over the next several days.
He added that at least seven tropical cyclones and other similar phenomena have been recorded in the South China Sea and Pacific Ocean regions as of last month.
He said: “Tropical cyclones have much higher wind velocity than tropical storms.”
The BMKG previously asked the Indonesian public to prepare themselves for extreme weather and possible natural disasters.
Many parts of Indonesia are changing to the rainy season with higher precipitation as a result of the La Nina weather phenomenon.
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Last month Indonesia issued a military warning to China over the water disputes in the region.
China has claimed a large part of the South China Sea as its own which nearby countries and several nations internationally have condemned.
Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said that the country will “continue to uphold our principles” against China’s Communist Party over their military claims.
China has ramped up its presence in the region in recent months and held military exercises in the disputed parts of the waterway.
But now the region is set to be struck by a colossal typhoon in the coming days.
In the Philippines, the Office of Civil Defence Division Chief Jessar Adornado said that most of the deaths caused by the typhoon had happened either from people being swept away in flood waters or buried in landslides.
Nearly 90 percent of homes had been destroyed by the typhoon in some parts of the country, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
In a press release on Monday, Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon warned of the impact the storm had brought.
He said: “This typhoon has smashed in to people’s lives and livelihoods on top of the relentless physical, emotional and economic toll of Covid-19.”
The typhoon reached sustained winds and gusts of up to 164mph on Sunday.