East Asia Devastated by Unprecedented Storms: Typhoon Doksuri and its Aftermath

The north Pacific typhoon season has brought about catastrophic devastation to East Asia, with China and the Philippines experiencing severe flooding and destruction. Typhoon Doksuri, a former super typhoon, unleashed torrential rain and ferocious winds, breaking a 140-year-old record in Beijing. The capital city and neighbouring Hebei province witnessed widespread flooding, prompting millions of people to be evacuated from their homes. As a result of the floods, roads and bridges were damaged, cars were submerged, and construction sites were destroyed. This deluge of destruction came on the heels of typhoon Talim the previous week, leaving the region in a state of crisis. Moreover, the threat of typhoon Khanun looms offshore, posing a risk of intensifying the rains in areas already affected by Doksuri. In the aftermath of the floods, affected residents are faced with the arduous task of clearing out their waterlogged homes while another potential storm lingers in the horizon. The Philippines also experienced the devastating impact of the typhoons, exacerbating the perennial problem of flooding in Manila, Bulacan, and Pampanga. Slow-moving Khanun battered Okinawa and could potentially return to mainland Japan, causing further rain and disruption. Additionally, India is facing a heavy monsoon season, resulting in floods and landslides that have claimed almost 100 lives in the north region alone. The consecutive storms in East Asia highlight the urgent need to address climate change and its impact on weather patterns, as human activities play a significant role in exacerbating these disasters.