Manila, October 21: At least 12 people killed as the strongest storm, Typhoon Haima hits Manila, Philippines on Friday. Almost all services in the global financial hub were ordered to be shut by Hong Kong due to the storm.China has issued a red alert and closed down offices, businesses and schools in the southern city of Shenzhen and also adviced people to stay indoors as Typhoon Haima is expected to hit today.
Rice and corn fields were devastated at large. Philippine authorities who assessed and analyzed the damage to infrastructure and crops confirmed that thousands of hectares of farmland were destructed in Northern provinces.
Eight of the victims were from the Cordillera region, said Ricardo Jalad, chief of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. The provincial governor Manuel Mamba while referring to the 2013 super typhoon known internationally as Haiyan said “It was like we were hit by another Yolanda."
Between 50,000-60,000 hectares of rice fields were flattened and flooded, in Cagayan as the super typhoon made landfall late on Wednesday with destructive 225 kph (140 mph) winds and heavy rain, informed Manuel Mamba.
"According to the present forecast track, Haima will be closest to Hong Kong around noon, skirting about 100 km (62 miles) to the east of the territory," said the observatory.
"This means that winds with mean speeds of 63 kmh (40 mph) or more are expected from the northwest quarter” observatory further added.
Earlier, Haiyan, a monster storm in2013 killed at least 6,000 people and destroyed billions of pesos worth of property.