Thousands of people have fled from the path of Typhoon Mangkhut (local name Ompong) which picked up strength as it barreled toward the Philippines' Cagayan region on Friday.
China's National Meteorological Center issued an alert saying Mangkhut would make landfall somewhere on the coast in Guangdong province on Sunday afternoon or night, packing strong winds and heavy rains.
Fire rescuers head to low-lying areas in Manila under heavy rains and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Mangkhut.
The fear of Mangkhut is remembered by the Philippians in the form of Typhoon Haiyan, which had caused huge damage in 2013 causing the death of more than 6,000.
The Philippines' agricultural heartland will bear the brunt of typhoon Mangkhut, and Cabarles worries that will result in shortages of some food throughout the country.
The insurance, reinsurance and ILS industry remains focused on Florence as the main current threat of losses, but Mangkhut should not be discounted given the wide area it will impact.
Farmers have scrambling to save their crops from Mangkhut - which struck at the beginning of harvesting season - while those in the typhoon's path who can not evacuate have been stocking up on supplies.
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Philippine weather agency PAGASA reported that the storm hit Baggao, Cagayan. While parametric insurance protection has been expanding in the region, it is largely focused on the more economically significant regions and capital. "We were too scared to remain".
The Philippines Red Cross shared footage of rising flood waters and winds ripping through towns on Saturday morning.
The deadliest storm on record in the country was Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which killed more than 7,000.
"During the previous monsoon rains, half of our house was destroyed so I wanted to take my grandchildren to safety", she told journalists.
Passengers planning to fly out of Hong Kong's global airport on Sunday have been warned to expect "severe disruption".
Emergency has been in place for several parts of Philippines along with other parts of Southeast Asia including Hongkong.
Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba said he expected widespread damage to crops and infrastructure in his province and said help would be needed to rebuild.
"Representatives from relevant bureaus and departments also reported their preparatory work and contingency plans, particularly on measures in the prevention and handling of flooding, backflow of seawater and emergency plans for high-risk locations", a government statement read.
Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi postponed a three-day visit to the Philippines starting Sunday, due to the typhoon.
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