It hit the north of the archipelago with strong winds (more than 200 km / h and gusts of more than 300 km / h) and torrential rains, and at least one person in Taiwan. In addition, it forced tens of thousands of people to leave their homes and destroyed buildings and roads.
, which came under alert before the threat of the cyclone, which would hit hard on its arrival scheduled for today.
At least ten people died and six others disappeared in the mountainous city of Baguio after winds and rain destroyed houses and caused avalanches that blocked roads, according to the mayor of the city,
To this balance is added the death of a woman who was dragged by the waves in Taiwan. The island, although it is located hundreds of kilometers from the Philippines and the trajectory of the typhoon, suffers strong precipitations unleashed by Mangkhut.
Mangkhut Super Typhoon Pass Leaves Dead in Philippines and Taiwan – Source: AFP
Ricardo Jalad, head of the national office of
Civil Defense, said: "This number [de víctimas] it should increase over the hours. "At least six people are missing.
Unconfirmed reports reported an unknown number of victims in the coastal city of Aparri, in the province of Cagayan. To that record was added the death of a woman who was dragged by the waves in Taiwan, located hundreds of kilometers away, but white of the rains derived from Mangkhut, whose radius of influence spread throughout the region.
The eye of the most powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines this year touched land before dawn in the province of Cagayan, in the northeastern tip of the island of Luzon. It is an agricultural area with rice plains prone to floods and mountainous areas with a history of deadly mudslides.
Around four million people were found at the passage of the typhoon destroyer. Flights and trips by sea were canceled. Regional airport structures in Cagayan province were damaged and all air, sea and land connections in that area were practically blocked.
After traversing the island of Luzon to the South China Sea, bound for southern China and Hong Kong, the sustained winds of Mangkhut weakened at 170 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 260 km / h. The vortex of the typhoon could reach China late on Sunday. Residents of coastal areas prepare for the worst.
"Life or death"
Although the force of the wind decreased, the Philippine authorities warned that there is a persistent danger. "It's still a life-or-death situation," said Secretary of Defense of the Philippines,
Lorenzana dolphin, adding that there were drownings due to the flooding of rivers in mountain regions.
The typhoon reached the beginning of the harvest season of rice and maize in Cagayan, which caused farmers to try to save as much of their crops as possible, as explained by the local governor, Manuel Mamba.
Storm alerts continue in more than 10 provinces in the northern Philippines. Tens of thousands of people who were on the typhoon route had been evacuated. In Tuguegarao, the capital of Cagayan, roofs, windows and trees flew, and there are debris everywhere.
The four people who died in the Philippines are joined by the death of a woman who was dragged by the waves in Taiwan. The island, although it is located hundreds of kilometers from the Philippines and the trajectory of the typhoon, suffers strong precipitations unleashed by Mangkhut.
"End of the world"
Those who live in areas hit by the typhoon lived hours of anguish in the face of the violence unleashed by Mangkhut. "It gave the impression that it was the end of the world, I could not sleep," she told AFP Bebeth Saquing, an inhabitant of Luzón by telephone. His house withstood the impetus of the wind.
Hiroshi Ishihara, from the Japanese meteorological agency, said: "Among all the typhoons this year, this [Mangkhut] he is the strongest, the winds that accompany him are the most violent. "
Neighbors and merchants in the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other coastal areas of southern China covered their windows as best they could and reinforced their roofs to protect themselves. More than 100,000 people left their homes as they fled the typhoon in this mainly rural and agricultural region.
After the passage of Mangkhut, the Filipino lifeguards were deployed in the most affected rural and mountainous regions. The magnitude of the damage appeared throughout the day with the collapse of hills full of water, uncontrollable floods that descended through the streets and the evacuation of the inhabitants of their flooded houses.
The vortex of the typhoon could reach Hong Kong and China late on Sunday. Residents of coastal areas are preparing for the worst, although the Hong Kong Meteorological Observatory urged prudence and explained that the storm constitutes a "considerable threat".
The shelves of bakeries and Hong Kong supermarkets began to empty quickly because residents and visitors stored supplies waiting for the arrival of the typhoon. The same happened in the neighboring territory of Macao.
The Hong Kong airline, Cathay Pacific, provides for the cancellation of more than 400 flights in the next three days.
China and the Philippines agreed to postpone a visit by the Chinese foreign minister
Wang Yi, I had to start tomorrow.
The ghost of Haiyan
Twenty typhoons hit the archipelago each year, which in general cause hundreds of deaths and aggravate the poverty of millions of people. In the Philippine memory round the ghost of Haiyan, one of the most violent typhoons that has been enraged with the island, with winds of over 315 km / h in November 2013.
Immense waves similar to those of a tsunami swept everything in its path. The catastrophe caused more than 7350 deaths or disappearances, and four million people were deprived of their homes.
Mangkhut is now heading to southern China and Hong Kong. The shelves of Hong Kong supermarkets began to empty quickly. Before the alert, the inhabitants store provisions waiting for the arrival of the typhoon. The same situation occurred in the neighboring Chinese territory of Macao.
The Hong Kong Meteorological Observatory called for caution and explained that the storm constitutes a "considerable threat" on the coasts of China.
More than 50,000 fishermen and 11,000 fishing boats were proactively removed from the ports of the Chinese province of Fujian (east), in anticipation of the powerful arrival of the typhoon, which was advancing towards the provinces of Guangdong and Hainan.
Agencies AFP, AP and Reuters