At least three dead as Super Typhoon Mangkhut hits Philippines and Taiwan

At least three dead as Super Typhoon Mangkhut hits Philippines and Taiwan

At least three people have been killed after a typhoon with winds peaking at 285 kilometres an hour made landfall in the Philippines and Taiwan on Saturday.

Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which is a category 5 storm, moved in from the Pacific striking the northern Luzon island overnight. Two people were killed by a landslide there, while in Taiwan a woman was swept away by high seas.

Tens of thousands of people were evacuated.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency said it was the strongest typhoon of the year – with storm surges that could rise to 6 metres.

At least four million people are in the direct path of Mangkhut.

Emergency services, medical teams and volunteers are on standby to help people hit by the storm.

Manghkut is forecast to move on to China’s southern coast later this weekend.

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