Philippines Hit By Super Typhoon Megi, Thousands Evacuated

October 18th, 2010 - 7:00 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
typhonManila, Oct 18, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Super typhoon Megi made its landfall in the northern province of Philippines on Monday with torrential rains lashing extensive parts of the nation along with strong winds. With sustained wind speed of 225 kph and gusts of 260kph, the super typhoon Megi led to large scale evacuation and resident fled their homes to seek shelter in safe locations.

An official associated with the Cagayan provincial disaster agency has confirmed to media outlets one man is believed to have lost his life due to the adverse weather conditions while two individuals are reported to have been missing. A state of emergency has been declared in provinces across the country as the typhoon ripped apart roofs of houses, cut power lines and uprooted trees. Moreover, a number of flights have been canceled in the wake of the typhoon while ships and vessels have been warned against venturing out into the sea. While talking to reporters, meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe stated that although the typhoon is likely to lose momentum in the upcoming days, it is expected to bring heavy rains and mudslides as it gradually moves in the western direction along its track.

After being classified as a category 5 super typhoon, Megi was later re-categorized as a regular typhoon following its weakening as it made its way to the northern part of Philippines. However, the weather officials have predicted that the typhoon is expected to gain considerable as it gradually shifts towards China. According to reports, an estimated 100,000 people residing near the track of the typhoon have already been evacuated by the Chinese officials.

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