The most powerful typhoon to hit the country in years rammed northern Philippines on Monday killing 10 people before exiting to South China Sea as it headed towards China and Vietnam.
Super Typhoon “Juan” with international name Megi, packed sustained winds of 140 miles (225 kilometers) per hour and gusts of 162 mph (260 kph). It made landfall in northern Philippines and wreaked havoc on homes, trees and utility poles, cut phone and Internet services, and forced the evacuation of thousands to safer grounds.
In Isabela province, more than 4,000 people seek shelter in school buildings, town halls, and churches. The province lost electric power along with 16 of the neighboring province of Cagayan’s 28 towns. The road network in the affected areas that includes Kalinga and Pangasinan provinces were either flooded or blocked by collapsed trees, power lines and debris. The powerful wind also forced the cancellation of ships and fishing vessels trips including several flights.
The super typhoon was responsible for at least 10 deaths, including three men who drowned in a fish pond, a man who fell into a river, a woman who was pinned to death when a tree crushed her house, a security guard who was hit by a fallen tree, a mother and her 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son who were pinned to death when a tree collapsed on their house, and another man killed by lightning.