MANILA (Rahnuma): At least three people died and four others were injured as super typhoon Mangkhut hit the northern Philippines early Saturday, disaster officials said on Saturday afternoon.
The Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said two emergency responders died in a landslide in the Cordillera Administrative Region of Luzon Island and another girl apparently drowned in Marikina river in Metro Manila.
The NDRRMC also said that four people were reported injured.
Ricardo Jalad, the executive director of NDRRMC, admitted that the number of casualties was just based on the initial reports they received and “the number may increase” in the coming hours.
According to the disaster management agency, more than 40 landslides have been reported in the Cordillera region and the government is trying to clear roads there.
The typhoon also destroyed houses, toppled trees and displaced more than 60,000 in several villages in northern Philippines. The government is also restoring power supplies in areas that experienced power outages.
So far nearly 5 million Filipinos have been affected by the typhoon, mostly farmers and fishermen from the provinces in the northern Philippines.
More than 64,000 people have been evacuated to safer grounds when typhoon smashed into northern Luzon Island.
Many domestic and international flights were suspended hours since Friday. Classes and work in government offices in most parts of the northern Philippines were also suspended.
The super typhoon Mangkhut, which made landfall at 1:40 a.m. local time on Saturday in the northern Philippines, is expected to exit this Southeast Asian country on Saturday afternoon or night.
The Philippines is a tropical country and experiences around 20 typhoons every year.