Millions at Risk as Philippines, China Brace for Super Typhoon Mangkhut

Typhoon Mangkhut to intensify into deadly Cat 5 storm, mammoth rains likely

‘Mangkhut’ now a supertyphoon — US weather agency

MANILA-Moderate to heavy rains are expected in most parts of the country starting Wednesday (Sept. 12) as the strong typhoon with worldwide name "Mangkhut" continues to gain strength and moves westward into the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

Forecasters said typhoon, considered as the strongest this year, could hit northern Cagayan province on Saturday.

. It was 1,190 kilometres (738 miles) away in the Pacific with sustained winds of 205 kilometres per hour (127 miles per hour).

As per the state weather bureau, Mangkhut is likely to threaten Northern Luzon and is expected to cross the Cagayan-Batanes area by Saturday and still remain as a typhoon.

A change in the typhoon's track prompted authorities to rapidly reassess where to redeploy emergency teams and supplies, Mr Mamba said.

Even so, Guy said will come "dangerously close to clipping the country", causing heavy rain and flooding in the island's north, where local authorities are preparing relief goods and security forces have been put on alert.

Across the north on Thursday, residents covered glass windows with wooden boards, strengthened houses with rope and braces and moved fishing boats to safety.

Schools were shuttered and some farmers took to their fields to start early harvest of corn and rice that could be ruined by flooding.

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Kumaraswamy met the Prime Minister seeking a relief of Rs. 1,199 crore for flood-hit districts of the State. Modiji used to move around the country saying that petrol prices are going up, diesel prices are going up.

Office of Civil Defense chief Ricardo Jalad said other northern provinces will also start evacuating residents from low-lying areas on Thursday.

Mangkhut has already swept past the U.S. territory of Guam, in the western Pacific, where it caused flooding and power outages. Government agencies were conducting damage assessments and clearing roads, according to the Pacific Daily News.

On Guam, the typhoon knocked down houses, power lines and trees, with around 88 per cent of the island having electricity by Thursday morning. The threat to agriculture comes as the Philippines tries to cope with rice shortages.

A missile test aboard a navy ship to be attended by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte off northern Bataan province was cancelled due to the storm.

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.

It is drawing comparisons with Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated central areas of the archipelago nation in 2013, killing 6,300 people.

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