Super ty­phoon hits north­ern Philip­pines

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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