Philippines: 10 million people lie in path of "destructive" Typhoon Mangkhut - Philippines

13 September, 2018, 18:12 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Typhoon Mangkhut to intensify into deadly Cat 5 storm, mammoth rains likely

But the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) continued to categorize Mangkhut as a typhoon as of Tuesday afternoon.

Forecasters said it is considered as the strongest typhoon this year.

Mangkhut, the Thai word for the fruit mangosteen, has a diameter of about 900 km, with gusts of up to 255 kph (158.5 mph).

"We're anxious for the 10 million people in the Philippines living in the path of this destructive storm, including those who have been displaced several times due to the monsoon rains last July and August".

Medical and emergency response teams were on stand by, heavy equipment mobilised and more than 1.7 billion pesos ($31.45 million) of relief goods prepared as Mangkhut, known locally as Ompong, edged towards the storm-prone nation on its way towards southern China and northern Vietnam.

As massive as Hurricane Florence is, which is bearing down on the Carolinas, Super Typhoon Mangkhut is even bigger and has more distance and time to grow further.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is predicting Mangkhut will leave "substantial damage" in its path.

Authorities in the Philippines say they expect storm surges of up to 7m (23 feet) and are warning that heavy rains could trigger landslides and flash floods. Almost 48,000 houses in those high-risk areas are made of light materials and vulnerable to Mangkhut's ferocious winds.

And Manuel Mamba, the governor of Cagayan, said northern coastal and island villages were being evacuated on Thursday ahead of the expected onslaught.

However, another typhoon, "Mangkhut," is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday.

The storm, which is the strongest to hit the Philippines this year, is also threatening farmlands in Luzon just before the rice and corn harvest.

The first storm is now forecast to arrive in southwest Guangdong province at around noon on September 13. Mangkhut has already passed over Guam where power outages and torrential wind and rain impacted the small island.

Residents board up windows in Sta.

About 80% of the United States territory was without power but it was restored by Thursday morning.

With winds that may gust up to 240km/h, Mangkhut is expected to be more powerful than the Super Typhoon Wanda that resulted in heavy casualties in 1962 and the Super Typhoon Hato, which triggered the highest level typhoon warning signal past year.

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