Super typhoon hits northern Philippines
MANILA: Super Typhoon Haima slammed into the northern Philippines last night, displacing tens of thousands of people and bringing torrential rains and winds that shattered glass windows and ripped off rooftops, officials said.
Haima, the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines in three years, made landfall over the town of Penablanca in the province of Cagayan, where power was cut off hours earlier.
It was packing maximum sustained winds of 225kph and gusts of up to 315kph, the Philippines’ weather bureau said.
In Cagayan alone, at least 23,000 people were evacuated from towns and villages prone to floods and landslides, according to provincial Governor Manuel Mamba.
In the city of Tuguegarao, tin roofs of schools used as evacuation centres were torn off by the winds and emergency teams were unable to go out due to the heavy rains. – dpa