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Philippines Prepares for Powerful Typhoon

The Philippines is preparing for what is expected to be the strongest typhoons of the year this week as it heads towards the northern part of the Philippines. This has prompted officials to begin early evacuations as a precaution as well as close offices and schools. They also sent out advisories to farmers to process crops quickly in order to reduce the food chain supply.

Typhoon Mangkhut is expected to hit the northern Cagayan province this Saturday. At time of writing, it was 1,190 kilometres away and is sustaining winds of 205 kilometres per hour. Forecasters are predicting winds cools increase to 220 kilometres per hour, which is just slightly below that of a super typhoon category. The typhoon is kilometres wide and combined with the monsoon rains, it is expected that the storm will see intense flooding that could result in flash flooding and landslides.

Cagayan Governor, Manuel Mamba stated that island villages and the northern coastal areas are in direct path of the typhoon. As a result, early evacuation orders were issued on Thursday before the onslaught of the storm reaches land. All school classes have been cancelled and only those in emergency services are exempt.

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The last super typhoon to hit this area was in 2016. It saw the destruction of thousands of homes. With the pending Typhoon Mangkhut expected to be close in strength, officials are urgently issuing warnings.

Commenting on the pending arrival, Mamba said, “I’m stressing that this one is very different, this is more complicated because of possible storm surges.”

The area is a major supplier of agricultural products and farmers were doing al they could to save crops. The Philippines recently has struggled with shortages in rice production and the timing of the storm is harvesting to the Cagayan region as it is just to begin the harvesting of corn and rice.

Ricardo Jalad, from the Office of Civil Defence, said that other provinces shall also begin evacuating in areas that are low-lying and most susceptible to flooding. He added,

“The worst case are those areas which will be directly hit by strong winds that can topple houses, storm surges and heavy rains that can cause flooding, and there may be landslides in higher areas.”

As a result of the approaching storm, the Philippines Navy cancelled a scheduled missile test that President Rodrigo Duterte was to attend. It is expected that the storm will move towards China after leaving the President Rodrigo Philippines. The Philippines averages twenty storms a year, Typhoon Mangkhut is the fifteenth.

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