Coastal areas of the Philippines are currently being evacuated in preparation for Typhoon Mangkhut. The super typhoon, whose wind speeds are currently registering at around 160 miles per hour, is set to make landfall in the next couple of days.
An estimated 10 million people could potentially be affected by the storm, and schools and businesses have already been closed. The typhoon is set to be the strongest to hit the Philippines so far this year, with the potential to cause landslides and flash floods.
New Zealand-based Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI) has advised travellers planning to head to the Philippines to keep an eye on the Philippines National Weather Bureau and Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau, both of which are maintaining regular updates on the status of Mangkhut. Any travellers on the ground should listen to the information and advice provided by local authorities and by the proprietors of any travel accommodation in which they are staying.
SCTI also says that for anybody who purchased a policy for a trip to the Philippines before 5:30 p.m. NZST yesterday, they could potentially be covered for certain costs arising from the storm. Travellers who have not yet departed should contact their airline or tour operator. However, anybody who purchased their policy after 5:30 p.m. NZST yesterday will not be covered by SCTI because any incidents related to the storm will not count as an ‘Unexpected Event’.