Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Philippines, Hong Kong Brace for Super Typhoon Mangkhut

Philippines, Hong Kong Brace for Super Typhoon Mangkhut

After Philippines, Mangkhut will also affect the Chinese coast in the South China Sea giving heavy rains over these areas as well.

Super Typhoon Mangkhut, an even more powerful storm than US -bound Hurricane Florence, was heading Wednesday for the Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong. According to HKO, the storm is expected to skirt around 100 to 200 kilometers (62 to 124 miles) south of Hong Kong on Wednesday afternoon, bringing strong winds and rain.

Posadas said disaster officials will hold more meetings with local government officials as they prepare for the potential super typhoon.

The Philippines is anticipating that Mangkhut will be as strong as Typhoon Haiyan, prompting the preparation of food, supplies and rescue efforts as well as 1.7 billion pesos (S$43.4 million) in stand-by funds, according to the disaster agency. Richard Gordon, its chairman, said: "We're anxious for the 10 million people in the Philippines living in the path of this destructive storm, including those who have been displaced several times due to the monsoon rains last July and August".

Almost 43 million people in the south-east Asian region could be affected, according to United Nations' Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.

The Philippine Red Cross estimates three million Filipinos live in the direct path of Mangkhut, communications officer Mary Joy Evalarosa told AFP. It has already passed the USA territory of Guam, where it caused widespread flooding and power outages.

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With powerful winds set to reach 278 kilometres per hour (172 miles per hour), Mangkhut is expected to hit the Philippines today before striking financial hub Hong Kong as well as southern China's Guangdong Province by the weekend.

Tropical Storm Yagi and monsoon rains last month caused heavy flooding across central Luzon as well as parts of Manila, where an overflowing river swept away cars in one district.

Typhoon Haiyan left more than 7,300 people dead or missing and displaced more than 5 million in the central Philippines in 2013.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is predicting Mangkhut will leave "substantial damage" in its path.

The storm's current path has it passing through the Luzon Strait between the Philippines and southern Taiwan, before continuing on to Hong Kong and Macau.

Forecaster Meno Mendoza says Mangkhut's strong winds can topple huge trees and whip up storm surges while its rains could trigger landslides and floods.

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