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Super-typhoon hits northern Philippines

Reuters/Cheryl Ravelo

Super-typhoon Megi hit the northern Philippines on Monday making landfall in the provinces of Isabela and Cagayan. Thousands of people have been evacuated from the northern island of Luzon ahead of what is thought to be the country’s strongest storm this year.


“There are landslides in the mountains, we have swells, storm surges and big waves across the coastline,” said Graciano Yumol, the government’s chief weatherman, in an interview on Philippine television.

One man died in the northern city of Tuguegarao. He drowned while fishing, according to Benito Ramos, the country’s civil defence chief.

Television footage showed tricycles being overturned in Isabela province and tin roofing blown away. Schools were closed on Luzon island.

With winds reaching speeds of up to 260 kilometres per hour, Megi was labelled a "super typhoon" by government agencies. It's a term used by some weather centres centres to describe storms with sustained surface winds of at least 65 meters per second.

Megi is expected to continue dropping heavy rain across the northern Philippines on Monday before moving onto southern China on Tuesday.

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