Typhoon Mangkhut leaves trail of destruction in China

Typhoon Mangkhut yesterday barreled into southern China after lashing the northern Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain that left at least 64 people dead and dozens more feared buried in a landslide.

Typhoon Mangkhut has displaced many in various Asian countries.

Five million people were in its path and more than 100,000 sheltered in temporary centres.

In Hong Kong, Mangkhut made high rises sway and shattered windows. "It made me feel so dizzy", said Elaine Wong, who lives in a high-rise tower in Kowloon.

Water levels surged 3.5 m (12 ft) in some places, waves swamped roads and washed up live fish, washing into some residential blocks and a mall in an eastern district.

"I was insisting because the storm was strong but he told me not to worry because he said they're safe there", said a weeping Felipe, adding that her husband was last seen chatting with fellow miners in the chapel before it was hit by the collapsing mountainside.

"I think it will take us three or four days before it gets back to normal", said Zhang, a police officer clearing a road near Nanshui town.

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Mangkhut left a swathe of damaged buildings and scores of injuries in Hong Kong and Macau before churning across the southern coast of China. Airlines such as its flagship carrier, Cathay Pacific, canceled many flights last week.

Philippine rescuers used shovels and their bare hands to claw through mounds of rocky soil on Monday as they desperately looked for dozens of people feared buried beneath a landslide unleashed by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut).

Mayor Victorio Palangdan of Itogon town in Benguet province, among the worst-hit by the typhoon that struck Saturday, said at a news conference that of the 40 to 50 people thought buried, there's a "99 per cent (chance) that they really are all dead".

Francis Tolentino, a political adviser to President Rodrigo Duterte, told the BBC that he estimated only a fifth of produce there had been harvested in advance - threatening staples like rice and corn.

Most of the deaths in the Philippines were caused by landslides in the Cordillera and Nueva Vizcaya regions, officials say.

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan said in local radio interviews that landslides had blocked roads, making relief rescue efforts hard, Xinhua reported.

Separately, the coastguard said it had recovered the bodies of three people. Schools in the province, along with those in Hong Kong and Macau, have been ordered closed Monday, when the storm's effects were expected to linger.

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More than 100 people were injured when the storm touched Hong Kong. In Shenzhen, electricity supply to more than 130,000 homes was cut at one point on Sunday.

Mangkhut landed at 5 p.m. on Sunday on the coast of Jiangmen City in Guangdong province, packing winds up to 162 km per hour, according to the provincial meteorological station. There were no additional reports of deaths or damage.

More than 2.4 million people had been evacuated in southern China's Guangdong province by Sunday evening to flee the typhoon, state media said.

Police added that the strong gust of wind was caused by super typhoon Mangkhut, which ravaged China over the weekend at a maximum speed of 142 miles per hour.

The airports of Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Some transport services remained suspended, though flights in the region were slowly resuming after a shutdown on Sunday, stranding many thousands of passengers.

Mangkhut is expected to weaken into a tropical depression by Tuesday as it moves inland.

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