Deadly Typhoon Weakens After Hitting Philippines, China

Rescuers in Manila ready their gear before Super Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall

Rescuers in Manila ready their gear before Super Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall

More than 2.45 million residents were relocated, state media reported. More than 1,400 flights had been cancelled across the region, according to Flight Aware.

In Hong Kong, crews cleared fallen trees and other wreckage left from when the financial hub felt the full brunt of the storm Sunday.

More than 13,500 households and businesses, mainly in the remote, rural areas of New Territories North, Yuen Long and Sai Kung, were still waiting for the restoration of power supplies.

Residents were told to avoid Hong Kong's harbors, including the iconic Victoria Harbor, where storm surges have caused the water level to rise dramatically. "Each department must have a sense of crisis, make a comprehensive assessment and plan, and prepare for the worst".

As roads and tunnels were left clogged with debris by Monday, a massive cleanup was started in Hong Kong.

As for air transport, Mangkhut caused 889 inbound and outbound flights to be suspended on Sunday, leaving about 300 passengers stranded at the Hong Kong International Airport, which was luckily not damaged with no flooding seen in the runways.

The government and casinos are taking extra precautions after Macau was battered by Typhoon Hato a year ago, which left 12 dead.

A taxi is abandoned in floodwaters during Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 16, 2018.

In the Philippines, it is thought to have killed over 50 people, with gusts reaching around 190 miles per hour (305 kmph), although the death toll is rising as more reports come in.

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Palangdan said three villagers who almost got buried by the huge pile of mud and rocks told authorities they saw residents rush into an old three-story building, a former mining bunkhouse that has been transformed into a chapel, at the height of the typhoon's onslaught Saturday afternoon.

"That was not an authorised evacuation centre", Mr Palangdan said, but expressed sadness that the villagers - many of them poor miners - had few options to survive in a region where big corporations have profited immensely from gold mines.

Officials in the mining town of Itogon said a landslide there buried at least 40 miners and their families. Men used pikes and shovels to dig into the mud since the soaked ground was unstable and limited the use of heavy equipment on site.

Tropical cyclone Mangkhut made landfall in the southeast Chinese province of Guangdong on Sunday after causing devastation in the Philippines, where the death toll was expected to exceed 50.

A Philippine national police report said the latest death toll was 65, with 43 people missing and 64 injured. Still, Philippines appeared to have been spared the high number of casualties.

"The suspension is for the safety of casino employees, visitors to the city, and residents", said authorities, which faced criticism past year after a typhoon that killed nine and caused severe damage.

And though the Government had begun clean-up efforts, aid agencies were struggling to reach affected areas, according to Aprilynn Villamar, an emergency program officer for Catholic Relief Services in Benguet.

Typhoon Mangkhut continued its deadly march across southern China Monday, steadily losing strength after a cutting a disastrous path across the northern Philippines.

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