Evacuations begin in Philippines before storm that threatens harvest amid ongoing rice shortages

The Philippines is bracing for Typhoon Mangkhut, the most powerful storm this year, with millions living in its path and fears its rains could combine with monsoonal storms that could spark landslides and flash flooding.

Philippines officials have ordered evacuations and closed schools and offices as Typhoon Mangkhut neared, carrying sustained winds of more than 200km/h (125mph).

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