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More powerful typhoons looming due to climate change, says wind dynamics expert

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Agar, an engineering faculty member at the University of the Philippines – Diliman, told INQUIRER.net on Friday that climate change “increases the moisture on which typhoons feed upon.”   

 By Jean Mangaluz

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Super Typhoon Karding (international name: Noru) devastated parts of Luzon, where Tropical cyclone Wind Signal No. 5 was raised last September 25. Still, the country may see stronger typhoons in the future due to climate change, said civil engineer and wind dynamics expert, Joshua C. Agar.Agar, an engineering faculty member at the University of the Philippines – Diliman, told INQUIRER.net on Friday that climate change “increases the moisture on which typhoons feed upon.”
He pointed out that there has been an increase of wind strength in typhoons since 2011, with Karding following the growing trend.

“Expect rin po ang mga bagyo na katulad ng Karding na maliit in size, pero super destructive ng winds malapit sa mata,” he said.Agar noted this increase when he analyzed and mapped the country’s past typhoons and rapid intensifications.The map, based on data from 1977 to 2021 from the Japan Meteorological Agency, showed that 322 out of 1148 typhoons had rapid intensification.

Agar’s map, however, only accounts for a higher threshold of rapid intensifications, since it is based on statistical analysis that identified unusually strong typhoons that reached 92.6 kilometers per hour within 24 hours.According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, rapid intensification is declared when maximum sustained winds increase by more than 65 kilometers per hour within 24 hours.

While rapid intensifications of typhoons are not new in the Philippines, Agar noted that the winds are getting stronger.He pointed out that government agencies should learn to strengthen and retrofit evacuation centers in preparation of intensifying typhoons.



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Embassy officer arrested at BIA remanded

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The Embassy official who was attached to the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oman who is accused of being involved in a human trafficking racket was arrested by officers of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and remanded till the 13th of December when he was produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate

The official was arrested on his arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning (29 November).

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Easter Sunday terror attack suspect hacked to death

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By Norman Palihawadane

A 38-year-old Easter Sunday terror attack suspect was hacked to death yesterday morning (28) in Mattakkuliya.

The victim, Mohamed Badurdeen Mohamed Harnas, was a resident of Safiya Avenue, Mattakkuliya, police said.

A suspect in the Easter Sunday terror attacks, he had been released on bail.

The suspect was rushed to the National Hospital, Colombo, after three individuals, who arrived in a car around 10. 00 am, attacked him.

Two persons attacked the man while the other was keeping the car engine running, according to eyewitnesses. The attackers thereafter fled in the same car.

Harnas was pronounced dead on admission to hospital.

Further investigations in this regard are currently underway.

The victims family members said that Harnas had been taken into custody, following the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks, but later released as there was no evidence of his involvement in terrorist activities.

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Rail service between Mahawa and Jaffna to be suspended for five months

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Transport Minister Bandula Gunawardena told Parliament yesterday that the railway services between Mahawa and Jaffna will be suspended for a period of five months in 2023.

The Minister said that operations will be suspended from January 15, 2023.

The Minister said it was to repair work on the railway line.

He said so in response to a question raised by Vanni District MP Selvam Adaikalanathan.

“We are focusing our attention on the request made by you. We have to halt railway operations between Mahawa and Jaffna for five months from January 2023. Train services have been continuously operating to Jaffna, but now we have faced a situation as we have not been able to carry out any repair work thus far,” the Minister said.

Assuring that this issue can be rectified in five months, Minister Gunawardane said that, thereafter, a good railway service can be provided for this route.

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