St Paul joins list of typhoon names

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 May, 2008, 12:00am

Sanba - a transliteration of Sao Paulo (St Paul), proposed by Macau - has been added to the list of names for typhoons in the western North Pacific and the South China Sea.

It joins four other new names on the list: Leepi, a waterfall in southern Laos; Maliksi, which means fast Tagalog; Mangkhut, the Thai word for mangosteen; and Son-Tinh, the Vietnamese mountain god.

The names being replaced are Xangsane, Chanchu, Bilis, Durian and Saomai, all of which have been borne by typhoons that caused fatalities in the past two years.

The United Nations' Typhoon Committee says a country or region which has suffered serious human casualties and economic losses from a typhoon can ask for the storm's name to be removed from the list.