The Philippines is preparing for the most destructive typhoon of the year, as ministers warned that more than 4 million people are vulnerable to its worst effects.
Thousands of people have been evacuated from the coastal regions and thousands more will be moved before the storm hits land early on Saturday.
Some residents, condemned to live in perpetual poverty due to the repeated damage of the storm, were photographed reinforcing their vulnerable homes in the way they could before the weather worsened.
Some put heavy tires on the roof to prevent corrugated metal from flying, others nailed wooden planks over glass windows and even saw a man tying his roof with a rope.
Super typhoon Mangkhut, the equivalent of a category 5 Atlantic hurricane, will land in the Philippines on Saturday, with winds of 130 mph and torrential rain
Thousands of residents at higher risk of the storm are being evacuated but have been trying to secure their homes before fleeing, including tying the roof with a rope
A Filipino villager secures the roof of a house in the city of Aparri, Cagayan province, which must bear the brunt of the storm
A man places heavy wooden slats on his corrugated iron roof in hopes of keeping him from being swept away by the storm
People who live in perpetual poverty due to repeated damage caused by the storm use everything they can to prop up their homes, including placing heavy tires on the roof.
A view of one of the slums on the road of Super-Typhoon Manngkhut, which must attack the Philippines early on Saturday
The Philippines is one of the countries most prone to disasters on earth and is devastated by an average of 20 storms per year. Mangkhut is the fifteenth to attack alone this year.
The deadliest in history is the Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 7,350 people dead or missing in the center of the Philippines in November 2013.
When Haiyan made landfall, it was also classified as a super typhoon, equivalent to a category 5 Atlantic hurricane, with sustained wind speeds that were measured between 175 mph and 195 mph.
Mangkhut is not expected, although it is also an extremely powerful storm, to have the same impact, but it is predicted to cause widespread devastation.
It was tracked on Friday about 250 miles away in the Pacific with sustained winds of 127 mph and gusts of up to 158 mph, Philippine meteorologists said.
With a huge band of rain clouds 560 miles wide, combined with seasonal monsoon rains, the typhoon could bring heavy rains that could trigger landslides and flash floods, forecasters said.
Storm warnings have been received in 25 provinces of the main northern island of Luzon, which restricts travel by sea and air.
After the Philippines, the Hong Kong Observatory predicts that Mangkhut will land in the Chinese mainland early Monday morning south of Hong Kong and north of the island province of Hainan.
A man uses wooden boards in an attempt to secure the roof of his house
The wooden planks are stuck on glass windows and holes in the wall in the hope that it will help the hut to survive the oncoming storm
Fisherman Randy Mediata, 34, uses ropes in the hope that he will help his coastal hut stay together when hit by 130 mph winds
Mr. Mediata secures the rope to bamboo struts that help keep the hut out of the water
Although it will weaken from a super typhoon to a severe typhoon, it will still be packing sustained winds of 109 mph.
The observatory warned of rough seas and frequent heavy gusts, urging residents of the densely populated financial center to "take adequate precautions and pay close attention to the latest information" about the storm.
The Macau gaming enclave, next to Hong Kong, suffered catastrophic floods during Typhoon Hato last August, which left 10 dead and brought accusations of corruption and incompetence in its meteorological office.
In the Chinese mainland, the three southern provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan coordinate the preparations, including the suspension of transport and the mobilization of people to take refuge in the interior, the national meteorological agency reported.
Guangdong, China's manufacturing center, has established 3,777 shelters, while more than 100,000 residents and tourists have been moved to a safe place or sent to their homes.
The province has withdrawn to port more than 36,000 fishing boats, while rail services between the cities of Zhanjiang and Maoming have been suspended and all ferry services between Guangdong and Hainan have been suspended.
Fujian province, north of Guangdong, is also closing beaches and tourist sites and preparing other measures according to conditions, the agency said.
The head of the Philippine Civil Defense Office, Ricardo Jalad, said at an emergency meeting led by President Rodrigo Duterte that some 4.2 million people in Cagayan, near Isabela province and the outlying regions are vulnerable to most destructive effects near the eye of the typhoon.
Almost 48,000 houses in these high-risk areas are made of lightweight materials and vulnerable to the fierce winds of Mangkhut.
Fishermen drag their boat to shore hoping to keep it safe from the next storm
Filipino fishermen secure a boat in the city of Aparri, province of Cagayan
The men bring their nets while the waves reach shore by Mangkhut and begin to accumulate before their arrival.
The rains have already begun to fall in the Philippines, and the government warned that torrential rains are likely to cause landslides and floods.
Residents who evacuate before the storm transport their belongings through the rain in Cagayan province, which will suffer the worst effects of the storm.
On the other side of the north, on Thursday, the residents covered the glass windows with wooden boards, strengthened the houses with ropes and braces and moved the fishing boats to a safe place.
The governor of Cagayan, Manuel Mamba, said by telephone that the evacuations of residents of risky coastal villages and insular municipalities to the north of the province producing rice and corn of 1.2 million people have begun and classes have been canceled in all the levels.
"The climate here is still good, but now we are moving them because it is very important that when the time comes, people will be out of danger," said Mamba.
A change in the trajectory of the typhoon led authorities to quickly reevaluate where to redistribute emergency equipment and supplies, said Mr. Mamba.
Duterte called on northern cabinet officials to help oversee disaster response work if necessary, and told reporters that it was too early to consider seeking foreign aid.
"It would depend on the severity of the crisis," said Duterte. & # 39; If you flatten everything, maybe we need some help & # 39;
The typhoon is approaching the start of the rice and corn harvest season in Cagayan, a major agricultural producer, and farmers were struggling to save what they could from their crops, Mamba said.
The threat to agriculture comes when the Philippines tries to cope with the rice shortage.
Officials said other northern provinces began evacuating residents on Thursday from high-risk areas, including in the mountainous northern provinces prone to landslides.
Duterte canceled his appearance in a missile test firing aboard a navy ship in northern Bataan province due to the approaching typhoon.
In Guam, where Mangkhut has already passed, residents struggled with flooded streets, fallen trees and widespread blackouts.
Government agencies conducted damage assessments and cleared roads, according to the Pacific Daily News.
About 80 percent of the territory of the United States. UU It was without electricity, but it was restored on Thursday morning.
Mangkhut, a Thai word for mangosteen fruit, is the fifteenth storm this year to hit the Philippines, which is affected by around 20 per year and is considered one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world.
Typhoon Haiyan left more than 7,300 people dead or missing and displaced more than five million people in central Philippines in 2013.