First bodies recovered from Philippines landslide in wake of Typhoon Mangkhut

Frederick Owens
September 18, 2018

The world's strongest storm this year, Typhoon Mangkhut, continued its path of destruction across Southeast Asia over the weekend, reaching mainland China on Sunday afternoon after pummeling Hong Kong and killing dozens in the Philippines.

Photo An umbrella is seen on a road after a rainstorm as Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall in Guangdong province, in Shenzhen, China.

A woman rides her motorbicycle through flooded streets a day after super Typhoon Mangkhut in Yangjiang, in Guangdong province on Sep 17, 2018.

More than 2.4 million people were evacuated from China's southern Guangdong province ahead of the massive typhoon, the strongest to hit the region in almost two decades.

The storm moved on to China, first striking Hong Kong.

Authorities in southern China had issued a red alert, the most severe warning, as the national meteorological centre said the densely populated region would face a "severe test caused by wind and rain" and urged officials to prepare for possible disasters.

Although rainstorm warnings been been canceled, residents were advised about river flooding.

The government will mobilize resources and join hands with relevant organizations to clear roads and streets, remove fallen trees and objects, and fix damaged facilities, with a view to returning the city back to normal as soon as possible, Lam said. Hundreds of flights were canceled at Hong Kong International Airport, a major transportation hub for the region.

In Hong Kong, a video posted online by residents showed the top corner of an old building break and fall off, while in another video, a tall building swayed as strong winds blew.

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Damage after Typhoon Mangkhut

Typhoon Mangkhut smashes windows of a commercial building in Hung Hom, Kowloon, in Hong Kong.

Along the coast, the gambling enclave of Macau closed all its casinos, and all fishing boats from China's Guangdong province were called into port.

Farms across northern Luzon, which produces much of the nation's rice and corn, were sitting under muddy floodwater, their crops ruined just a month before harvest.

The victims had sought refuge in a church during the typhoon - but Lt Gen Salamat said they were told to flee the town.

Mohammed Abdiker, director of operations and emergencies for the UN Migration Agency, says as many as 50 people could have been buried under thick mud following a landslide in the mining town of Itogon, in Benguet.

Vietnam was struck by a record-breaking number of 16 tropical storms a year ago that left 389 people dead or missing and injured 668 others, mostly in northern and central regions.

MTR Corp, the city's sole rail operator, revealed that a number of ground sections of its service lines were affected by fallen trees and objects.

Authorities said they believed many of those buried in the landslide were gold miners who'd been working illegally at a mine formerly operated by Benguet Corp., a Philippine mining firm. About 87, 000 people were evacuated.

Both Vietnamese and global weather stations have predicted that the storm turned depression will directly affect the northern and northern central regions. The storm has claimed at least four lives in China, according to the Associated Press.

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