Deadly Typhoon Mangkhut lashes Hong Kong, China; dozens dead in Philippines

Katie Ramirez
September 18, 2018

Shaking their heads at the snapped lampposts and flooded entryways, residents said that the storm Sunday had done far more damage than last year's.

Typhoon Mangkhut began to lash southern China on Sunday, the latest stop along a destructive path that has left dozens dead and many missing.

Tens of thousands of travelers had plans disrupted after Hong Kong's global airport, a major regional hub, canceled most flights.

The storm caused severe transportation disruptions, with almost 900 flights cancelled in Hong Kong on Sunday, stranding tens of thousands of passengers.

"These last few hours felt more severe than other typhoons I had experienced", Chiu said, after speakers announced that train services to the station near her home had been suspended.

More than 155,000 people remain in evacuation centres in the Philippines two days after the typhoon struck, said national police spokesman Benigno Durana. Authorities reported four deaths from falling trees and building materials in Guangdong, China's manufacturing hub.

Hong Kong weather authorities issued their maximum alert for the storm, which hit the city with gusts of more than 230 kilometers per hour (142 mph) and left over 100 injured, according to government figures.

More than 2.45 million people have been relocated, and over 48,000 fishing boats called back to port in the province on Sunday, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

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Mangkhut made landfall in the Guangdong city of Taishan at 5 p.m. local time Sunday, packing wind speeds of 162 km/h. More than 60 people have been killed, mostly in landslides triggered by heavy rains, with the majority in Benguet province. Authorities and residents say they had learned from that experience, and that residents were quicker and more willing to evacuate to shelters.

Workers clean a company office, in a harborside commercial building, whose windows were blown out the day before during Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 17, 2018.

On Saturday morning, the typhoon ravaged through the northeastern Cagayan province in Luzon Island, Philippines' largest and most populated.

Rescuers resumed their search efforts on Monday morning, using pikes and shovels to dig into the mud, with the use of heavy equipment limited on the soaked ground.

The storm skirted past China's semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong, where Mangkhut's renewed winds reached 117mph, rattling skyscrapers, toppling trees, and tearing scaffolding from construction sites.

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 storm, which was the strongest the world has seen this year, was not as ferocious as feared, though due to the remote areas where the typhoon hit, the full death toll and extent of the destruction is still unknown.

Rail, airline and ferry services have been restored and casinos in the gambling enclave of Macau have reopened for business.

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