Evacuations start as Typhoon Mangkhut bears down on Philippines

13 September, 2018, 18:14 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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It was 1,190 kilometres (738 miles) away in the Pacific with sustained winds of 205 kilometres per hour (127 miles per hour).

Typhoon Haiyan left more than 7,300 people dead or missing and displaced over five million in the central Philippines in 2013.

The storm's current path has it passing through the Luzon Strait between the Philippines and southern Taiwan, before continuing on to Hong Kong and Macau. 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.

The second storm, Typhoon Mangkhut, is big, and experts are warning that it has the potential to develop into a super typhoon.

"As Mangkhut has a large circulation with intense winds, it will pose considerable threat to the coast of Guangdong", according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

On this topic, Philippines disaster agency Executive Director Ricardo Jalad said, "residents in coastal areas must be evacuated by Thursday [today], when heavy rains are expected". Almost 48,000 houses in those high-risk areas are made of light materials and vulnerable to Mangkhut's ferocious winds.

Governor Manuel Mamba of the Philippines island of Cagayan said officials would start evacuating islanders on Thursday.

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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.

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.

Mangkhut has already swept past the USA territory of Guam, in the western Pacific, where it caused flooding and power outages.

Weather forecasters in Vietnam have predicted that four to six typhoons and tropical depressions could develop off the country's east coast from now until the end of the year. He has already ordered schools and government offices to close. Residents covered glass windows with wood, strengthened houses with rope and wooden braces and moved fishing boats to safety.

Shoppers were stocking up on fruits and vegetables, as well as fish and meat, with many stores selling out their wares earlier than usual, according to the South China Morning Post.

An average of 20 typhoons and storms lash the Philippines each year, killing hundreds of people and leaving millions in near-perpetual poverty.

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