At least three dead as Super Typhoon Mangkhut hits Philippines and Taiwan

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 15, 2018

Super Typhoon Mangkhut is now heading for the Philippines.

The DILG urged local chief executives as heads of their Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (LDRRMCs) not to delay in issuing action plans to evacuate vulnerable residents.

In the Philippines, the storm has stoked fears that it may wreak as much damage as Typhoon Haiyan, which in 2013 devastated a vast swath of the country, killing more than 6,000 people.

Super typhoon Mangkhut is approaching the Philippines with estimated 167 miles per hour winds and gusts to 200 miles per hour, threatening a devastating impact to the northern tip of the main island of Luzon when it makes landfall on Saturday.

More than 4 million people could be affected by the typhoon as it lashes the country with high winds and drenching rainfall. Cars shook as gusts pummeled a parking lot.

Philippine state weather agency PAGASA downgraded the domestic threat level, but warned the danger was far from over, with continued storm surges and heavy rains that could trigger floods and more landslides.

The authorities placed Cagayan and Isabela provinces under storm signal No. 4, while signal No. 3 was also raised in other parts of northern Luzon. "He is from there, and that's where the typhoon is hitting now. and he said they have to harvest their rice two weeks earlier, before the grain is ripe enough".

Officials said about 1,000 homes in the province had sustained damage.

The dead were six people killed in landslides, a girl who drowned and a security guard crushed by a falling wall.

"We are especially concerned for those communities who have been cut off by flooding and landslides, and families exhausted from having to move from their homes up to three times already in the last two months due to heavy monsoon rains".

Meanwhile, Hong Kong and the Philippines are both bracing for Super Typhoon Mangkhut which is also expected to make landfall soon, CNN reports. "If it flattens everything, maybe we need to have some help", the president said.

The civil defense office in Manila said towns and cities in Mangkhut's path are preparing government buildings as evacuation centers, stockpiling food and other rations.

The storm has seen fierce winds of up to 190 miles per hour rip through the northern tip of the country, bringing torrential rain, wrecking homes and triggering at least 42 landslides.

The typhoon hit at the start of the rice and corn harvesting season in Cagayan, a major agricultural producer, prompting farmers to scramble to save what they could of their crops, Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba said.

Residents walk among destroyed stalls at a public market as Typhoon Mangkhut barreled across Tuguegrao city in Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines, on September 15, 2018.

The typhoon will make its closest pass to Hong Kong during the day on Sunday, likely during the afternoon.

On the Chinese mainland, the three southern provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan are coordinating preparations, including suspending transport and moving people to shelter inland, the national meteorological agency reported.

In Fujian province, 51,000 people were evacuated from fishing boats and around 11,000 vessels returned to port on Saturday morning. There's a chance Mangkhut will weaken as it approaches China, said Jeff Masters, a meteorologist with Weather Underground, an IBM company in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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