Evacuations in the Philippines when Typhoon Cancels SEA Games Event

CLARK: The Philippines began to evacuate thousands of people, local officials said Sunday, as a powerful typhoon rumbling from the forced Pacific Southeast Asian Games organizers to cancel or reschedule some events.

The pronosticadores esperan que el typhoon Kammuri toque tierra el lunes por la noche o el martes por la mañana, acumulando ráfagas de 170 kilómetros (105 millas) por hora y vientos máximos sostenidos de 140 kph.

The storm entered Filipino territory on Saturday night, shortly before the president Rodrigo Duterte and boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao launched the Games with a colorful opening ceremony.

This year's Games in Clark, Manila and Subic, which will run until December 11, are already particularly complex with a record 56 sports in dozens of places that, in some cases, are hours away by car.

The outdoor events in Subic, on the west coast of the main Philippine island of Luzon, in the north of the country, were the first affected by Kammuri.

The windsurfing It has been canceled until we have a more accurate picture of the weather, Ramón Agregado, head of the organizing committee for the Subic group of local people, told AFP.

The women's triathlon event was ahead of Sunday, Aggregate said, so we can take advantage of the good weather.

The eventos de Duatlón programados para el martes ahora tendrán lugar el lunes.

Aggregate said the places will not be changed, but in case of bad weather, the team will be disassembled and reassembled once events are rescheduled.

Some local government units in the central region of Bicol urged people to start leaving their homes on Saturday night.

On Sunday afternoon, more than 3,000 people were in evacuation centers, mainly in schools and gyms in Northern dressing rooms , said the province's disaster management office.

Most of them live in coastal areas and low-lying places where flash floods and landslides are possible due to heavy rains that will be brought by the typhoon .

Mandatory evacuation has not yet been ordered, the disaster management office said.

School classes and government offices in some cities will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in anticipation of heavy rains.

The Philippines, which organized the Games for the last time in 2005, aims to win the most medals, and history is on its side: seven of the last 11 hosts of the SEA Games have led the table, reflecting the tradition of rewrite the sports program to adapt to the premises. strengths

The anfitriones empezaron a volar el domingo, recogiendo oros en la competencia deportiva de baile y triatlón, y encabezaron la mesa con 17 medallas por la tarde.

Se esperan alrededor de 8,750 atletas y oficiales de equipo en la trigésima edición de este año, la más grande de la historia, y hay unos 12,000 voluntarios. The organizadores esperan que más de 500 millones de espectadores sintonicen la televisión.

In an eclectic program, Olympic sports such as swimming and athletics join regional favorites, such as martial arts, arnis and wushu, and this year athletes will even fight in an obstacle course in Manila.