Though Typhoon Mangkhut has now been downgraded, experts say Mangkhut may well end up being the deadlier storm, as it has already claimed over 60 lives with more than dozens missing. The typhoon is expected to further weaken into a tropical depression by Tuesday.
Twenty deaths in the Cordillera region on the main island of Luzon and four in nearby Nueva Vizcaya province were caused by landslides. Another death resulted from a treefall in the province of Ilocos Sur, Francis Tolentino said by telephone.
The strongest storm so far this year in the world sliced across the northern tip of Luzon Island on Saturday, causing nearly 150 flights, a third of them international, to be canceled and halting sea travel.
The threat to agriculture comes as the Philippines tries to cope with rice shortages. Officials said other northern provinces started evacuating residents Thursday from high-risk areas, including in northern mountain provinces prone to landslides.
There were no immediate reports of casualties there, nor near Guam, where a US military spokesman said forces were ready to help local authorities and FEMA on the chain of 15 islands, located between Hawaii and the Philippines