For the past two months, two typhoons traversed the northern Luzon provinces. In September 2018, Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong) made landfall in the Municipality of Baggao, Cagayan province with a peak intensity of more than 200 km/h. It was by far the most destructive typhoon this year. It caused over a million people displaced, damages to infrastructure and agricultural crops, thousands of houses destroyed and landslide in the highlands. Typhoon Yutu (Rosita) made landfall in October 2018 in the Municipality of Dinapigue, Isabela province, just a few hundred kilometres south of Typhoon Mangkhut’s path. With 150 km/h maximum sustained winds, Typhoon Yutu’s effects exacerbated the damages already inflicted by Typhoon Mangkhut, hampering the response and recovery efforts in the region. These two successive typhoons likewise affected 1,098 barangays within 100 kilometer radius along paths of both typhoons that resulted in repeated displacements in six provinces.
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