Philippines prepares for arrival of Super Typhoon Mangkhut

Frederick Owens
September 16, 2018

The Philippines is bracing for the arrival of Typhoon Mangkhut, expected to make landfall early Saturday morning.

Fishermen and others with small sea vessels are also advised not to venture out into the northern and western seaboards of Luzon.

Farmers have scrambling to save their crops from Mangkhut - which struck at the beginning of harvesting season - while those in the typhoon's path who can not evacuate have been stocking up on supplies.

The country's deadliest on record is Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 7,350 people dead or missing across the central Philippines in November 2013.

A family of four, including an 8-month-old baby and a 2-year-old child, were killed when their house was buried in a landslide in Kayapa town in Nueva Vizcaya, said Gov. Carlos Padilla.

According to the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System, the Philippines, Vietnam, and the Chinese regions of Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau are among places likely to be affected.

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The two lifeless bodies of the two women in the Philippines were pulled from the soil of a hillside that collapsed after the storm's torrential rains, police said.

Sagud-Bahley, San Fabian in Pangasinan after Typhoon Mangkhut, known locally as Ompong, hit the Philippines, in this still image taken from a September 15, 2018 video from the Philippine Red Cross.

In all, almost 37 million people are estimated to be in Mangkhut's path. GDACS estimates that the typhoon will have a "high humanitarian impact" based on the high wind speeds and the exposed population located in vulnerable areas.

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The Governor of Cagayan, Manuel Maamba said emergency services are clearing debris from main roads. About 70 men reportedly returned to their coastal village in Cagayan to check on their homes as the typhoon drew closer Friday, but Tolentino said he had received no report of the men figuring in an accident.

"It's very risky that they don't want to leave their house".

Mangkhut will keep to a northwesterly track, bringing heavy rain and winds when it enters the autonomous region of Guangxi early on Monday, before weakening into a tropical depression as it arrives in southwestern Yunnan on Tuesday.

A Strong Wind Signal No. 3 is set to be issued later Saturday, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

Airlines in Hong Kong have cancelled hundreds of flights due to the storm, which is expected to come within 200 km (125 miles) of the city on Sunday.

Mr Ka-chiu added: "Each department must have a sense of crisis, make a comprehensive assessment and plan, and prepare for the worst". Tens of thousands more have been evacuated from China's Guangdong province, CNN reported.

The storm is now moving 30 kilometers per hour (19 miles per hour) toward the coast of western Guangdong, mainland China, according to the HKO.

China has ordered thousands of boats to return to harbor, and evacuated thousands of offshore oil platform workers, the state news agency, Xinhua, said.

Bebeth Saquing has seen dozens of storms in her lifetime, but nothing prepared her for the terror of Super Typhoon Mangkhut as it roared over her Philippines home Saturday packing winds of more than 250 kilometres (155 miles) per hour.

A hurricane force "super typhoon" is swirling towards Hong Kong and the Chinese coast, gaining in force over the South China sea after hurtling through the Philippines where it left at least three people dead.

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