With winds of more than 200 kph, Super Typhoon Megi slammed into the Philippines this morning, cutting power supplies, forcing airlines to cancel flights, and putting the vital rice harvest at risk.
Megi is the tenth named typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. Storm watchers say it should weaken as it crosses high ground, but they still expect damaging winds and torrential rain.
The storm’s target this morning was Isabela and Cagayan provinces: Cagayan alone produces 12 per cent of the Philippines’ annual rice crop. Agriculture officials say only a third of this year’s rice has been harvested, and that a quarter of a million tonnes could be lost. Thousands of people have been moved from their homes after warnings of flash floods, high tides and landslides.