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Death toll in Philippines typhoon rises to 25: official

Death toll in Philippines typhoon rises to 25: official

“As we speak… there are 25 dead,” Francis Tolentino, the government’s lead disaster co-odinator, told AFP as reports began to emerge from regions cut off by the typhoon.

Super Typhoon Mangkhut — the biggest storm of the year — smashed through the Philippines on Saturday.


Mangkhut tore through the northern part of Luzon island, where it made landfall in the pre-dawn darkness, ripping off roofs, felling trees and knocking out power.


The area is home to around 10 million people, many of whom live in flimsy wooden shelters.


As the powerful storm left the Southeast Asian archipelago and barrelled towards densely populated Hong Kong and southern China, search teams in the Philippines began surveying the provinces that suffered a direct hit.


Mangkhut was packing sustained winds of 170 kilometres (105 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 260 km per hour as it left the Philippines.


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


Thousands of people fled their homes in high-risk areas ahead of the storm’s arrival because of major flooding and landslide risks.


In Taiwan, a woman was swept away by high waves caused by the typhoon, the government said.



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.


Poor communities reliant on fishing are some of the most vulnerable to fierce typhoon winds and the storm surges that pound the coast.


As the storm heads for China’s southern coast, Cathay Pacific airline said it expects more than 400 flight cancellations over the next three days.


The Hong Kong government said Mangkhut will pose “a severe threat to the region” as many residents in the city and neighbouring Macau stocked up on food and supplies.


The president of neighbouring Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, pushed citizens to be ready.