Ty­phoon Haima pum­mels Philip­pines aft Sarika

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Ty­phoon Haima be­gan its on­slaught of the north­ern Philip­pines is­land of Lu­zon on Wed­nes­day, days after Ty­phoon Sarika killed three peo­ple in the coun­try.

Haima, known lo­cally as “Lawin,” hit Ca­gayan prov­ince on the north­east­ern end of the ar­chi­pel­ago on Wed­nes­day eve­ing with max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 140 mph. As many as 2.7 mil­lion peo­ple are ex­pected to be af­fected by the ty­phoon across seven Filipino prov­inces be­fore it veers to­wards the China coast by this evening. Thou­sands of vil­lagers in the north­ern prov­inces, es­pe­cially in land­slide-prone towns, were evac­u­ated ahead of the storm. Many clam­bered on trucks with their chil­dren and bags of clothes, sleep­ing mats and cook­ing pots to be taken to emer­gency shel­ters, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press. On Tues­day, 278 pas­sen­gers be­came stranded at Tabaco City port in Al­bay after the Philip­pine Coast Guard did not al­low a ves­sel to de­part due to the ap­proach­ing storm, Philstar.com re­ports. The first sig­nal was is­sued for 12 ar­eas and, as a pre­cau­tion, classes in all pub­lic and pri­vate preschools were au­to­mat­i­cally sus­pended.

Rain­fall flood­ing and land­slides would also be ma­jor threats in Lu­zon, given the sat­u­rated ground from Sarika.

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