Typhoon Goni, one of the “twin typhoons” hitting Asia, pounded the northern Philippines on Friday. The country’s weather bureau said Goni came with maximum sustained winds of 170 km/h (106 mph) and gusts of up to 205 km/h (127 mph).

However, some farmers who saw their land dried up due to a drought welcomed the rain, an official told AsiaOne.

Norma Lagmay, an agriculturalist for the province, said a previous drought caused about 19 million Philippine pesos (US$407,075) in losses from damaged crops and land.

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Typhoon Goni brings needed rain to drought-hit farms in the Philippines