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Washington, Sep 5 (Canadian-Media): NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Philippine Sea on Sept. 4 and provided a visible image of Haishen that had strengthened into a super typhoon, NASA reports said.
NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible image of Super Typhoon Haishen moving through the Philippine Sea on Sept. 4.
Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS)
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard Suomi NPP provided a visible image of Haishen that revealed a large, circular, organized structure of strong thunderstorms circling the open eye. The eyewall, the strong thunderstorms that circle the open eye, is estimated to be 81 nautical miles-wide. Satellite data indicate the eye is about 31 nautical miles wide. The storm is at least 450 miles in diameter, as tropical storm-force winds extend up to 225 miles from the center.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) in Honolulu, Hawaii noted at 5 a.m. EDT (0900 UTC) on Sept. 4, that Super Typhoon Haishen had maximum sustained winds near 135 knots (155 mph/250 kph). It is currently a Category 4 hurricane/typhoon. It was centered near latitude 22.2 degrees north and longitude 134.3 degrees east, about 439 nautical miles southeast of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa Island, Japan. The storm was moving to the northwest.
JTWC forecasters expect Haishen will turn to the north-northwest while intensifying more. It is expected to peak later on Sept. 4 with sustained winds near 140 knots (161 mph/259 kph) which would make it equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. JWTC forecasts Haishen to pass west of Kyushu, Japan and make landfall in South Korea after 3 days.
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Kabul (Afghanistan), Sep 1 (Canadian-Media): About 190 people have been killed and 172 injured since Aug 25 due to the floods triggered by heavy rains and onrush of water in the mountainous eastern Afghan region, media reports said.
Image: Floods. Image credit: Unplash
Thirteen provinces, mostly in the country's north, had been affected by floods, according to the Ministry for Disaster Management.
Ongoing efforts in assistance in recovery efforts and distribution of aid had been done by the Ministry of Defense said Afghan security forces.
Afghan security forces had also been dealing with rising violence from the Taliban as the start of peace talks in Doha hit delays.
NATO said that its forces were also supporting the Afghan military in providing food, water and blankets to the area earlier in the week.
According to the national and local officials, Parwan, just north of the capital Kabul, 116 people had been killed and more than 120 injured, with 15 people still missing,
"Rescue teams are still in the area and searching for the missing bodies," said Wahida Shahkar, a spokesperson for Parwan's governor, reported by CBC News.
Widespread damage have been caused by the floods to agriculture lands, crops, roads and highways in many provinces.