More than one million people in the Bicol region of the Philippines were evacuated to evacuation centres to avoid the path of Super Typhoon Nina (internationally named Nock Ten) before it hit landfall in Catanduanes province at 6.30 in the evening of Christmas Day, The Manila Times Online reported on Monday.
Babies, toddlers and old people were loaded onto military trucks in pouring rain to flee the path of the powerful typhoon barreling toward the disaster-prone archipelago.
Officials warned of storm surges up to 2.5 metres, moderate to heavy rain within the storm's 500 kilometre diameter, flash floods and landslides.
In Albay province, at least 29,000 families from all villages prone to flooding, landslides, mud or lahar flow and storm surges were evacuated.
Philippine and international weather services said Nock Ten was set to cross Albay, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte in Bicol, then southern Quezon, Laguna, Batangas and Cavite.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)