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10,000 athletes in danger: Typhoon Kammuri to pound Philippines this weekend

Christian Fernsby |
Typhoon Kammuri is forecast to enter the Philippines this weekend on Saturday or Sunday.

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The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) added the typhoon will bring scattered rains and thunderstorms over the Bicol region, south of Manila, and Eastern Visayas region.

The bureau is also looking into a possible change in the cyclone's current track. But even if Kammuri recurves north, a landfall is still likely over Southern or Central Luzon where the venues of the SEA Games are located.

The Philippines is to host the 2019 SEA Games which will officially start on November 30, and will formally close on December 11.

Ramon Suzara, Chief Operating Officer of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), said they are ready to make sure SEA Games, particularly the opening ceremony, will not be affected by the typhoon.

The 30th SEA Games is the biggest as it features 56 sports and over 530 events spread across 39 venues in Subic in Zambales province, Tagaytay City, La Union province, Batangas province and Metro Manila, among others areas where could be affected by the typhoon.

Over 10,000 athletes and coaches from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Singapore and Vietnam will participate in the biennial sports meet, the organizers said.

Typhoon Kammuri will be the 20th typhoon to batter the Philippines this year.

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