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The supertyphon Mangkhut leaves a trail of devastation in the Philippines and has hit more than 5 million people

The supertyphon Mangkhut leaves a trail of devastation in the Philippines and has hit more than 5 million people

The ferocious Typhoon Mangkhut left on 15 September 2018 a trail of devastation after its passage through the northern Philippines and at least a dozen dead and missing awaiting a reliable count of damages and more possible victims, as the regions that have had to survive their attack are mountainous areas with difficult access.

From the national government, the Disaster reduction center (NDRRMC) confirmed the death of two aid workers as a result of landslides caused by severe flooding in the northern region of Cordillera.

There may be a third victim of Mangkhut, when the police found the body of a girl between the ages of 9 and 12 on the Marikina River in the metropolitan area of ​​Manila and tried to verify whether his death was directly caused by the stealth of time through the typhoon.

In the tourist resort of Baguio, which is completely isolated because the landslides have invaded the access roads, at least five deaths were recorded and another five people were missing, the mayor of the city, Mauricio Domogan, told local media. .

from the NDRRMC warned that the number of victims could increase in the coming hours, while more reports are confirmed of possible deaths and disappearances in remote areas and in some cases still inaccessible.

Trees and downpoured electricity poles, wrecked roads and destroyed homes have been destroyed, the prints have remained in the north of the island of Luzon, in the northernmost part of the Philippines, the whip of the typhoon, the most powerful of the season.

Only in the province of Cagayan, where the typhoon entered the country, Mangkhut left at least 14,000 houses completely destroyed and her governor, Manuel Mamba, appealed to the national government to send funds and humanitarian aid.

After touching land in the city of Baggao, on the northeastern coast of the country, today on Saturday at 1:40 local time (Friday at 12:40 pm in Ecuador / 17: 40 GMT on Friday), Mangkhut dragged wind of up to 305 kilometers per hourheavy rainfall and waves of up to six meters.

On its westbound route the typhoon weakened somewhat and the Philippine area left at around 10:00 local time (2 GMT) en route to Hong Kong (China) with sustained winds of 170 kilometers per hour and gusts of 260.

In all regions & # 39; s affected by the typhoon, more than 100,000 people have been evacuated, though the affected population amounts to more than 5 million Filipinos They live within a radius of 125 kilometers from Mangkhut & # 39; s trajectory, according to the Center for Disaster Reduction.

The typhoon, locally baptized Ompong, has already left the field of Philippine responsibility, but three provinces in the north-west of Luzon (Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and La Unión) keep alert level number 3 (out of a total of 5) because in the next 18 hours are still recorded with wind between 120 and 170 kilometers per hour.

In the coming days there is still a risk of heavy flooding in the center of Luzon, when the water collected by the rivers and reservoirs arrives in the mountains from the north of the island that received the torrential rains that flooded the typhoon, the biggest one that the Philippines has to sell in five years.

According to calculations by the Ministry of Agriculture, the effects of the typhoon can spoil 1.2 million cultivated hectares with corn and rice, because in Luzón the main provinces produce food in the country.

The Philippine authorities warned days ago that the destructive power of Mangkhut could be similar to that of Haiyan in 2013, a super-horn that caused more than 7,000 victims in the middle of the country between deaths and disappearances and 16 million victims.

However, the area affected by Mangkhut is less densely populated and is protected by mountains that absorb the impact of the storm, reducing the potential for victims.
For now, the Philippine government has mobilized $ 30 million for emergency relief.

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