‘End of the world’: Ter­ror in the path of Om­pong

Manila Times - - Front Page -

TUGUEGARAO, Ca­gayan: Be­beth Saquing has seen dozens of storms in her life­time, but noth­ing pre­pared her for the ter­ror of Typhoon “Om­pong” (in­ter­na­tional name: Mangkhut) as it roared over her home Satur­day, pack­ing gusti­ness of more than 250 kilo­me­ters per hour.

The most pow­er­ful storm to hit the re­gion so far this year left a trail of bat­tered homes, land­slides and fallen trees in its wake.

as the typhoon smashed across the ru­ral north of the coun­try, a farm­ing area home to mil­lions.

“It felt like the end of the world... that was stronger than Lawin,” said Saquing, 64, re­fer­ring to a pow­er­ful su­per typhoon which hit the re­gion in 2016.

“I did not sleep,” she told Agence- France Presse ( AFP) by phone from her home on Lu­zon, which with­stood Om­pong’s pound­ing.

Ev­i­dence of the mas­sive storm’s pas­sage was ev­ery­where on Satur­day.

Wind-struck power poles bent

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