efe_epaBangkok Desk

Authorities in the Philippines Friday raised the death toll from typhoon Haima to 12.

The storm hit the northern Philippines on Thursday with strong winds and heavy rains which have caused flooding and damage to infrastructure and crops.

The typhoon, known as "Lawin" in the Philippines, on Thursday hit northern Luzon with winds of up to 225 kilometers per hour and torrential rains.

The head of the Philippine agency for disaster risk reduction, Ricardo Jawad, told ABS-CBN television that eight people died in the Cordillera region of Luzon.

The authorities indicated that damage is still being assessed but widespread damage is expected in cultivated areas.

In the province of Cagayan, where the highest alert was declared before the typhoon made landfall on Wednesday night, between 50,000 and 60,000 hectares of rice paddies were destroyed by the wind or floods, according to Cagayan governor Manuel Mamba.

Haima was the most powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines since typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons in history to make landfall, which in 2013 caused 6,300 deaths, with more than 1,000 people missing and affected 14 million people in the central region of the country.

Between 15 and 20 typhoons pass through the Philippines every year during the rainy season, which usually begins in June and ends in November.