Super Typhoon Haima
A woman sorts decorative rocks outside her damaged shop, in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte, northern Philippines Reuters

Super typhoon Haima, the strongest cyclone to hit the Philippines in three years, caused massive destruction in the Philippines with ferocious winds and heavy rainfall leading to severe floods. At least 12 people died and tens of thousands were evacuated and taken to safer grounds.

Schools and government offices were all closed while flights and train services were cancelled due to one of the country's worst-ever storms.

Haima, which is locally known as Lawin, littered the Manila Bay with rubbish, toppled power and communication lines and damaged many houses in the northern part of the country.

Haima is the 12th typhoon to hit the Philippines this year and the second one in a week, after typhoon Sarika struck on Sunday.

One person was killed due to Sarika while three people are still missing. Authorities say every year, an average of 20 typhoons hit the Southeast Asian nation.

Super Typhoon Haima causes destruction as it slams into northern Philippines (PHOTOS)
A resident runs past a collapsed roof of a petrol station after Typhoon Haima struck San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte in northern Philippines Reuters
Super Typhoon Haima causes destruction as it slams into northern Philippines (PHOTOS)
Government workers cut branches of an uprooted tree along a road after Typhoon Haima struck Laoag city, Ilocos Norte in northern Philippines Reuters
Super Typhoon Haima causes destruction as it slams into northern Philippines (PHOTOS)
A local miner wades through water as he walks down from a mountain in Benguet a day after Typhoon Haima struck northern Philippines Reuters
Super Typhoon Haima causes destruction as it slams into northern Philippines (PHOTOS)
A lineman fixes an electrical post that was damaged during Typhoon Haima, in Burgos, Ilocos Norte in northern Philippines Reuters
Super Typhoon Haima causes destruction as it slams into northern Philippines (PHOTOS)
Children take advantage of the gloomy weather to collect washed up rubbish brought by crashing waves due to strong winds of Super Typhoon Haima, local name Lawin, which they will sell at junk shops along the coastal areas, in metro Manila, Philippines Reuters
Super Typhoon Haima causes destruction as it slams into northern Philippines (PHOTOS)
A woman stands outside her house which was damaged by a fallen tree during Typhoon Haima, in Bangui, Ilocos Norte in northern Philippines Reuters
Super Typhoon Haima causes destruction as it slams into northern Philippines (PHOTOS)
A utility pole is partially submerged in a river after Typhoon Haima struck San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte in northern Philippines Reuters
Super Typhoon Haima causes destruction as it slams into northern Philippines (PHOTOS)
A partially damaged bridge at the height of Typhoon Haima is pictured in Benguet province Reuters
Super Typhoon Haima causes destruction as it slams into northern Philippines (PHOTOS)
A panel displaying cancelled and delayed flights Reuters