About 200,000 Filipinos were left homeless after a severe storm, Typhoon Megi which has beenÂ described as the worst in many years, caused a trail of destruction in the northern Philippines.
The cost to infrastructure damage is still unknown but reports say physical destruction has nonetheless been extensive – thousands of homes flattened, crops destroyed and roads and bridges damaged.
The president of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino praised his administration’s response to Typhoon Megi.
He said thatÂ thorough preparations had helped minimise loss of life, after at least 11 people died.
President Aquino said that by forward planning and accurate weather predictions, government agencies had been able to make a real difference to the level of destruction wrought by Typhoon Megi.
Before the storm, thousands of people were moved from low-lying areas, to avoid flash floods and landslides.
Evacuation centres were stocked with food and medicines, and the weather bureau gave hourly radio updates about the path of the storm.
Meanwhile, meteorologists have warned that the typhoon is gathering strength and heading towards southern China.
People in the Chinese province of Guangdong and Hong Kong are reportedly stockpiling food ahead of the storm, which has been gathering strength over the South China Sea.
Ships and fishing boats have been told to stay in harbour, as Hong Kong’s weather officials predicted winds of up to more than 185 km/hour.