Philippines starts huge evacuations, readies for landslides as super typhoon Mangkhut nears

Philippines starts huge evacuations, readies for landslides as super typhoon Mangkhut nears

Philippines starts huge evacuations, readies for landslides as super typhoon Mangkhut nears

According to the Philippine Star, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration defines a "super typhoon" as a typhoon with "maximum sustained winds of 220 kilometers per hour".

The most powerful typhoon to threaten the Philippines this year roared toward the country's north on Wednesday, prompting officials to order precautionary evacuations and closures of schools and offices, and farmers to quickly harvest their crops to reduce damage. This is more complicated because of possible storm surges, " Mamba said.

After leaving the Philippines, the fast-moving storm is expected to blow towards southern China on Sunday if it maintains its course, forecasters said. It could affect as many as 31.4 million people in the region, according to the United Nation's Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.

Now super Typhoon Mangkhut is located in the northwestern part of the Pacific Ocean, with maximum wind speed in the center reaching 240 km/h.

Typhoon Mangkhut, considered as the strongest and most massive so far this season, could hit northeastern Cagayan province on Saturday.

The typhoon is expected to boost the intensity of seasonal monsoon rains that have already caused widespread flooding in central Luzon, a mainly farming region north of capital Manila.

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) went on red alert on Thursday, September 13, to monitor areas in the path of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) and prepare for disaster response.

Typhoon Mangkhut is forecast to make landfall early on Saturday on the northern tip of Luzon island, and will be the strongest of 15 storms to have hit the Philippines this year. The Philippines has been trying to cope with rice shortages.

But Mangkhut's awful power is multiplied by the threat of storm-surges the height of two double decker buses sweeping inland like a tsunami. He had already ordered schools and government offices to close on September 12.

Residents boarded up windows and fortified homes in Santa Ana, a fishing town often battered by storms, where the weather was calm and sunny.

In disaster-prone Philippines where about 20 cyclones pass each year, Mangkhut, which is named after a fruit in Thailand, is forecast to enter on Wednesday just as another storm left.

On Guam, the typhoon knocked down houses, power lines and trees, with around 88 per cent of the island having electricity by Thursday morning.

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