Super Typhoon Mangkhut bears down on Philippines

Typhoon Mangkhut to intensify into deadly Cat 5 storm, mammoth rains likely

Authorities in the Philippines say they expect storm surges of up to 7m (23 feet) and are warning that heavy rains could trigger landslides and flash floods.

Mangkut has already caused widespread devastation when it torn through the Marshall Islands and Guam - American territories in the Pacific.

It can affect as many as 43.4 million people, according to the United Nation's Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.

Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba said by telephone that northern coastal and island villages in the typhoon's projected path will begin evacuating residents on Thursday ahead of the expected onslaught.

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Mangkhut, the 22nd typhoon this year, will pass through the Philippines with estimated maximum sustained winds of 250 kilometres per hour (155 miles per hour), reported The Philippine Star.

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. encouraged passengers travelling this weekend to and from Hong Kong to re-book and the airline will waive the fees.

The Social Welfare Bureau president, Vong Yim Mui, speaking on the sidelines on the opening ceremony of the "Hato Education Sponsorship Fund", said that Macau is prepared for the upcoming typhoon and that all 16 shelters running under the Bureau's supervision "are already prepared and ready to enter into operation as soon as the government decides".

The typhoon is expected to make seasonal monsoon rains in the Philippines even more intense and put a further seven million people at risk. "This is more complicated because of possible storm surges", Mamba said on September 12.

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Schools were shuttered and some farmers took to their fields to start early harvest of corn and rice that could be ruined by flooding. Typhoon Haiyan left more than 7300 people dead or missing and displaced over 5 million in the central Philippines in 2013.

Typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut) has now entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

Northern parts of Luzon and eventually Hong Kong and Guangdong Province will see major impacts over the coming days.

After the passage of typhoon Barijat yesterday, which caused no damage or significant disruption to the city's daily activities, the region is already preparing for another storm - typhoon Mangkhut - one that has already been classified as a super typhoon and is now heading toward the South China coast.

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