Weather system could bring gusts up to 255km/h and wreak havoc in densely populated agricultural regions

Philippine authorities have begun evacuating thousands of people from the path of the most powerful typhoon this year, closing schools, readying bulldozers for landslides and placing rescuers and troops on full alert in the country’s north.

More than four million people live in areas at most risk from Typhoon Mangkhut, which experts have have categorised as a super typhoon with powerful winds and gusts equivalent to a category five Atlantic hurricane.

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