At least 70 people are missing after the Maharlika II experienced steering trouble and sank off the central Philippines during the approach of fast moving Typhoon Kalmaegi. Due the Typhoon, the Philippines Amateur Radio Association has activated its HERO network for emergency traffic and coordination. PARA has requested that 7.095 plus or minus 5 kHz be kept clear.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has asked all in its path to take the necessary precautions. The Typhoon over the Cagayan and Isabela provinces was bringing with it winds of 130km/h and gusts of 160km/h on Sunday, and expected move north-east before reaching the South China Sea on Tuesday.
Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.