As Typhoon Mangkhut races towards the Philippines, 5 million people, nearly half of them children, are in the path of the massive storm. Mangkhut is expected to be as strong as Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines in 2013. The eye of the storm is set to reach the northern part of the Philippines this Saturday.
Things you should know about Typhoon Mangkhut:
- Mangkhut is expected to be as strong as Typhoon Haiyan which killed more than 6,000 people in 2013
- Mangkhut track is estimated to affect approximately 5 million people
- Typhoon Mangkhut is expected to pass over the northern part of the Philippines early on Saturday.
- Winds of more than 280 km an hour are forecasted with heavy torrential rain
In a super storm like this, children are always the most vulnerable. In 2013 UNICEF helped millions of Filipino children and their families whose lives were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. UNICEF stands prepared to help the hundreds of thousands of children at risk from Typhoon Mangkhut.