Philippines Thundered By Monstrous Typhoon

October 22nd, 2010   Ali Mohsin   Featured news, World news

Megi, the super typhoon halts communications, disrupts flight operations and puts rice crop at stake, also caused state of calamity in Northern Province of Philippines. Forecasters told that Megi was aiming towards west-southwest accompanied by 110 mph of winds. This was the most powerful of the 10 typhoons hit Philippines this year.
Administrator of the National Food Authority, Angelito Banayo told that Philippines which was the biggest importer of rice, threatened to buy rice much more than expected in 2011 as typhoon specially targeted the 232,169 tones of un-milled rice crop. It could possible end the world seeing high prices of rice.
Regional director in the agricultural division, Andrew Villacorta informed that Cagayan, hit by the typhoon, was responsible for country’s 12 percent of rice output. Last year as well, affected by three typhoons Philippines lost 1.3 million tones of paddy rice.
Benito Ramos, The national disaster agency’s executive director told that Isabela’s governor declared state of calamity as they expects there could be massive destruction and damages. He also clarified that they didn’t have any clear assessment reports as what is the scale of destruction as they were waiting for weather to clear up.
TV showed the disastrous scenes of uprooting of trees and roofs. 90 percent of communication infrastructure may have been broken down in Isabela and Cagayan, as per National Telecommunication System, however only 1 death and few injuries are reported so far.
The typhoon is expected to pass out sometime at midnight and aim the South China Sea towards China, but not before it had poured down 2.5 inches of massive rain in Tuguegarao city of Cagayan and 22mm in Baguio City on the west of Luzon.
According to www.tropicalstormrisk.com Megi, named as Juan locally, the highest rating typhoon with Category 5 hits the mountains in northeast Luzon with a massive 250mph of winds at 11:25 am.

Written by Ali Mohsin

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