Saturday 25 November 2017

More than 90,000 people flee as Super Typhoon Haima hits Philippines

Filipinos scavenges for recyclable materials from the trash that was washed ashore by strong waves brought about by Typhoon Haima in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Filipinos scavenges for recyclable materials from the trash that was washed ashore by strong waves brought about by Typhoon Haima in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A truck drives past heavy rains and winds as Typhoon Haima lashes Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, northern Philippines on Thursday Oct. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
A man takes cover as strong winds and rain topple trees while Typhoon Haima lashes Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, northern Philippines on Thursday Oct. 20, 2016.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Children take advantage of the gloomy weather to collect washed up clams brought by crashing waves due to strong winds of Super Typhoon Haima, local name Lawin, along the coastal areas in metro Manila, Philippines October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Voluneteers pack relief goods which will be distributed to the victims of Super Typhoon Haima, local name Lawin, at a warehouse in Pasay city, metro Manila, Philippines October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
A resident takes advantage of the gloomy weather to collect washed up clams brought by crashing waves due to strong winds of Super Typhoon Haima, local name Lawin, along the coastal areas in metro Manila, Philippines October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Voluneteers stack boxex of relief goods which will be distributed to the victims of Super Typhoon Haima, local name Lawin, at a warehouse in Pasay city, metro Manila, Philippines October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
A volunteer packs relief goods which will be distributed to the victims of Super Typhoon Haima, local name Lawin, at a warehouse in Pasay city, metro Manila, Philippines October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
A resident takes advantage of the gloomy weather to collect washed up clams brought by crashing waves due to strong winds of Super Typhoon Haima, local name Lawin, along the coastal coastal areas in metro Manila, Philippines October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
A government worker sweeps rubbish that was washed ashore by crashing waves due to strong winds of Super Typhoon Haima, local name Lawin, along the coastal areas in metro Manila, Philippines October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Children take advantage of the gloomy weather to collect washed up rubbish brought by crashing waves due to strong winds of Super Typhoon Haima, local name Lawin, which they will sell at junk shops along the coastal areas, in metro Manila, Philippines October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
A resident takes advantage of the gloomy weather to collect washed up clams brought by crashing waves due to strong winds of Super Typhoon Haima, local name Lawin, along the coastal coastal areas in metro Manila, Philippines October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Residents take advantage of the gloomy weather to collect washed up clams brought by crashing waves due to strong winds of Super Typhoon Haima, local name Lawin, along the coastal coastal areas in metro Manila, Philippines October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Children play along an empty beach after Typhoon Haima struck Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, in northern Philippines, October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ezra Acayan
A utility pole is partially submerged in a river after Typhoon Haima struck San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte in northern Philippines, October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ezra Acayan
A resort worker looks out at a beach at an empty resort as Typhoon Haima strikes Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte in northern Philippines, October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
A man fishes amidst bad weather as Typhoon Haima struck Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, in northern Philippines, October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
A resident walks on an empty road as Typhoon Haima strikes Laoag city, Ilocos Norte in northern Philippines, October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Government workers cut branches of an uprooted tree along a road after Typhoon Haima struck Laoag city, Ilocos Norte in northern Philippines, October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Government workers cut branches of an uprooted tree along a road after Typhoon Haima struck Laoag city, Ilocos Norte in northern Philippines, October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
A woman carries a baby at an evacuation centre for victims of Typhoon Haima in San Fernando, la Union in northern Philippines, October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Erik De Castro

Super Typhoon Haima, the strongest storm to hit the Philippines in three years, ripped through major rice growing regions, damaging crops and houses, and forced more than 90,000 people to flee to safer ground, officials said on Thursday.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from Haima which hit the northern Philippines late on Wednesday with destructive 225 kmh (140 mph) winds and heavy rain.

"We have received several reports of roofs that were ripped off because of strong winds," said Mina Marasigan, spokeswoman at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

"Power lines have been cut off and mobile phone signals were intermittent."

A utility pole is partially submerged in a river after Typhoon Haima struck San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte in northern Philippines, October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ezra Acayan
A utility pole is partially submerged in a river after Typhoon Haima struck San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte in northern Philippines, October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ezra Acayan

Haima, the 12th typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, comes just days after Typhoon Sarika also slammed into the northern provinces, damaging 3 billion pesos ($63 million) worth of crops.

Haima hit the country's major rice-growing provinces such as Cagayan, Isabela and Ilocos provinces, which were due to produce about 3.8 million tonnes of unmilled rice in the December quarter, or half of the projected national output, based on a government forecast.

Government workers cut branches of an uprooted tree along a road after Typhoon Haima struck Laoag city, Ilocos Norte in northern Philippines, October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Government workers cut branches of an uprooted tree along a road after Typhoon Haima struck Laoag city, Ilocos Norte in northern Philippines, October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Some rice fields were inundated and roads were not passable because of fallen electric posts and trees and floods.

Authorities said they had begun crop damage assessments.

A woman carries a baby at an evacuation centre for victims of Typhoon Haima in San Fernando, la Union in northern Philippines, October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
A woman carries a baby at an evacuation centre for victims of Typhoon Haima in San Fernando, la Union in northern Philippines, October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Isabela's Governor Faustino Dy III advised people in his province to stay indoors, including those displaced families who sought shelter in evacuation centres, as the local government started clearing the roads of debris.

Storm warning signals were lifted in some areas, including Metro Manila, where schools were shut.

A man takes cover as strong winds and rain topple trees while Typhoon Haima lashes Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, northern Philippines on Thursday Oct. 20, 2016.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
A man takes cover as strong winds and rain topple trees while Typhoon Haima lashes Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, northern Philippines on Thursday Oct. 20, 2016.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Haima on Thursday weakened as it moved away from the Philippines and over the South China Sea. It is expected to reach China by Friday.

An average of 20 typhoons hit the Southeast Asian nation every year. Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines in 2013, killing at least 6,000 people.

Voluneteers pack relief goods which will be distributed to the victims of Super Typhoon Haima, local name Lawin, at a warehouse in Pasay city, metro Manila, Philippines October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Voluneteers pack relief goods which will be distributed to the victims of Super Typhoon Haima, local name Lawin, at a warehouse in Pasay city, metro Manila, Philippines October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Children take advantage of the gloomy weather to collect washed up clams brought by crashing waves due to strong winds of Super Typhoon Haima, local name Lawin, along the coastal areas in metro Manila, Philippines October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Children take advantage of the gloomy weather to collect washed up clams brought by crashing waves due to strong winds of Super Typhoon Haima, local name Lawin, along the coastal areas in metro Manila, Philippines October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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