Super Typhoon Mangkhut smashes into Philippines, 2 dead

Two persons were killed today in a landslide set off by Super Typhoon Mangkhut as it smashed through the Philippines.

Mangkhut tore through the northern part of Luzon island, where it made landfall today, ripping off roofs, felling trees and knocking out power.

The Typhoon packed sustained winds of 170 kilometres or 105 miles per hour and gusts of up to 260 km per hour as it left the Philippines.

According to Social Welfare Secretary Virginia Orogo, thousands of people fled their homes in high- risk areas ahead of the storm’s arrival because of major flooding and landslide risks.

An average of 20 typhoons and storms lash the Philippines each year, killing hundreds of people and leaving millions in near- perpetual poverty.

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