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Typhoon Megi hits the Philippines

Typhoon Megi hits the Philippines
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A state of emergency has been declared in the northern Philippines as Typhoon Megi comes ashore.

The International Red Cross says the storm is the biggest to hit the region in decades and its impact could be devastating.

Megi is Category Five with winds gusting at around 250 kilometres an hour.

After clearing the Philippines, Megi will head out over the South China Sea towards Vietnam.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. Power and communications have been cut in many places. At least one person is known to have been killed.

They were prepared for the storm to strike. The authorities had sent warnings out four days ago.

The region accounts for 12 per cent of the national rice crop, and the storm is expected to destroy a large amount, coming, as it does, at the peak of the harvest season.