Typhoon Mangkhut weakens after reaching China, battering Philippines

Typhoon Mangkhut weakens after reaching China, battering Philippines

Typhoon Mangkhut weakens after reaching China, battering Philippines

The mayor of a small Philippine town says he is "99 percent sure" that dozens of people missing in a landslide triggered by the onslaught of Typhoon Mangkhut have been killed.

Hong Kong raised its highest No. 10 typhoon signal at mid-morning as ferocious winds uprooted trees and smashed windows in office and residential buildings.

Mangkhut was moving northwestward at a speed of 26 km per hour at 8 am, about 1,000 km away from the city of Yangjiang, Guangdong Province, said China's National Meteorological Centre. Bus, ferry and rail services were suspended and nearly 900 flights were cancelled at the city's airport, one of the world's busiest.

More than five million people were in the path of the typhoon, equivalent to a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane when it hit the Philippines.

Officials put the number of injured in Hong Kong at more than 200.

While the death toll is now 54, with 32 people injured and 42 more missing, this is likely to rise in the coming days as rescue teams work to locate 36 people believed to be buried beneath landslides in the Cordillera Administrative Region, in the north of Luzon island.

Three more deaths have been reported in north-eastern Cagayan province, where the typhoon made landfall before dawn on Saturday.

Aerial shot of flooded rice and corn fields due to heavy rains brought about by Typhoon Mangkhut near Alcala, Cagayan province, on September 16, 2018.

A Philippine mayor says it's highly unlikely any of the 40 to 50 people who are feared buried in a huge mudslide set off by Typhoon Mangkhut can be found alive.

Windows of a commercial building damaged by the typhoon that has slammed Hong Kong over the weekend.

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Jonalyn Felipe said she had called her husband, Dennis, a small-scale gold miner in Itogon, and told him to return to their home in northern Quirino province as the powerful typhoon approached Friday.

Palangdan said authorities "will not stop until we recover all the bodies".

Almost two and a half million people have been evacuated from seven cities in Guangdong.

However, the storm has weakened and is now classified by the HKO as a severe typhoon rather than a super typhoon.

Four people have been confirmed dead in Guangdong as Super Typhoon Mangkhut ravaged the southern Chinese province, local authorities said Monday.

It is the start of the rice and corn harvesting season in Cagayan province, where farmers have been scrambling to save what they can of their crops.

In Taiwan, high waves caused one death, according to the island's government.

House after house had been flattened or badly damaged, with roofs or walls missing.

Images have revealed collapsed building scaffolding and trees bending in the strong winds across Guangdong province.

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