At least three dead as Super Typhoon Mangkhut hits Philippines and Taiwan

Rescuers on the island of Luzon are ready for the super typhoon's arrival

Residents evacuated and spent the night in an evacuation centre in Gonzaga, Philippines.

The dead included many killed in landslides, a girl who drowned and a security guard crushed by a falling wall. Authorities were also checking what happened to about 70 men who reportedly returned to their coastal village to check on their homes during risky storm surges that saw walls of seawater whipped inland.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported another death from the same region without providing details. Reuters reports 42 landslides throughout the country - some deadly.

A total of 27,669 families or 105,034 persons sought evacuation.

"It can lift cars, you can't stand, you can't even crawl against that wind", warned Philippines government forecaster Rene Paciente, who also cautioned that even if the typhoon weakens after making landfall, it will still be incredibly destructive.

In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan left more than 7,300 people dead or missing, flattened villages, swept ships inland and displaced more than 5 million in the central Philippines.

It is reasonable to expect future changes to flight schedules as Mangkhut travels towards China, and it is advised to review your travel arrangements in advance.

Pagasa reported that four dams opened their gates on Saturday afternoon.

As of 3 p.m. on Saturday, reservoir water levels significantly went up in Ipo Dam, Ambuklao Dam, Binga Dam, and Magat Dam.

Francis Tolentino, an adviser to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, said the 12 died mostly in landslides and houses that got pummeled by the storm's fierce winds and rain. Both victims were women, killed when a rain-drenched hillside collapsed on them, according to the French news agency AFP.

The NGCP said La Union had 17 percent of its power supply; Benguet, 10 percent; Pangasinan, 15 percent; Isabela, 11 percent; and Zambales, 90 percent. Strong winds cut communication lines in the northern province of Cagayan, causing the local government to lose contact with far-flung areas where the typhoon made landfall, Governor Manuel Mamba told CNN.

"It's extremely risky as it's a very large system with very strong winds and a potential storm surge over a large distance", he said.

Residents along riverbanks and landslide prone areas were also encouraged to evacuate their homes. Another Super Typhoon Haima which had lashed Philppines in 2016 had also caused massive destruction destroying 14000 homes in Luzon.

Communications in the disaster zone were hampered by power and mobile phone outages, and access was hard in many places because of flooding and road closures.

Manila Electric Co. said 430,000 customers in the capital region and nearby provinces are without electricity.

He said that most of the blocked roads were in Ifugao and Mountain Province. Residents in the low-lying area of Tai O on Lantau Island would be taken to temporary shelters on Saturday.

"Times like this are when public services have to be most accountable, responsive and far-sighted", said DILG spokesperson, Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya.

"He's in Manila. He did not leave and is monitoring", Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said in an interagency briefing today (September 15).

The defense chief said the two C-130s could airlift relief goods while the 10 helicopters could reach Cagayan Valley's mountainous area to fulfill rescue missions.

Authorities said some people had opted to stay home and ride out the storm to protect their properties.

Macau's Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau warned that Manghkut would "pose a serious threat to the Pearl River Delta", in which the city is located.

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