A TYPHOON is set to hit the Philippines on the opening day of the 30th SEA Games on Sunday, adding more headache to the organisers.
In a circular issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) yesterday, the weather bureau noted that tropical storm Kammuri is 1,755km east of the Visayas, and could turn into a typhoon.
The storm, which will be called Tisoy when it enters the Philippines, will pass through areas where the events for the SEA Games will be held.
The country’s 20th storm this year is expected to bring “frequent to continuous heavy rains” across Bicol Region, Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Samar Island from Tuesday to Wednesday.
Several SEA Games venues are located in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon.
The organisers are already under fire for complaints over long waits, poor organisation and incomplete facilities at the competition.
Malaysia’s chef-de-mission Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin, however, remains cool.
He said that the Philippines SEA Games Organising Committee (PhilSoc) have assured them of a “Plan B” if the typhoon hits their shore.
“We are aware of the weather report. PhilSoc have assured us that they have contingency plans, ” said Megat, who arrived in Manila yesterday.
“The typhoon is out of our control. I was told that the typhoon would not hit hard, and it will only pass the specified areas.
“But I do pray and hope that the situation will not be bad.
“They (PhilSoc) told us that they will change the events to other location if the typhoon hits some of the venues in the city. We’ve agreed to it.”
Meanwhile, Megat said he was happy with some improvements at the Games Village, where the PhilSoc have distributed halal food supply for the Malaysian athletes.
“They are ironing out the shortcomings. It’s better for the problems to happen now than during the Games. PhilSoc have assured us that the situation will only get better, ” added Megat.
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