Typhoon Mangkhut smashes into China after cutting deadly path through the Philippines

Larry Hoffman
September 20, 2018

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 super typhoon is wreaking havoc in China's most populous province of Guangdong, with winds of more than 160 kilometers an hour....

Mangkhut has weakened from a typhoon to a tropical storm as it moves deeper into China. Tens of thousands of small-time miners have come in recent years to the mountain provinces from the lowlands and established communities in high-risk areas such as the mountain foothills of Itogon.

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

Most of the deaths occurred due to landslides in mountainous regions, which received torrential rainfall and strong winds during Mangkhut's passage.

Storm surge of about 9.8 feet or above is expected at the city's waterfront Victoria Harbour, the observatory said, appealing on the public to avoid the shoreline.

Mayor Victorio Palangdan of Itogon town in Benguet province, among the worst-hit by the typhoon that struck Saturday, said in a news conference Monday that there's "99 percent (chance) that they really are all dead".

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific said all of its flights would be canceled between 2.30am on Sunday and 4am on Monday.

Philippine authorities confirmed 6 people were killed in landslides with four more missing, while another was found dead in a river in Manila, the capital.

Buildings are seen in the rain as Typhoon Mangkhut approaches in Shenzhen China
Buildings are seen in the rain as Typhoon Mangkhut approaches in Shenzhen China

Strong winds are shaking trees and shattering windows a few hours before the the typhoon slammed the province, according to local media reports.

Officials have said in the past that gold mines tunneled by big mining companies legally or by unauthorized individuals and small outfits have made the hillsides unstable and more prone to landslides.

Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall Friday on the northeastern tip of Luzon island in the Philippines with the top of the scale Category 5 winds of 165 miles per hour.

It is forecast to pass close to Hong Kong and hit China late this evening or early on Monday.

A dog attempts to climb a bamboo ladder in a flooded area in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Mangkhut at Salonga Compound in Calumpit, Bulacan on September 16, 2018.

Videos and images coming in from Hong Kong and nearby Shenzhen, China, show how destructive the storm is.

Officials say that two first responders reported on Saturday to have been killed in a landslide in Cordillera province have been accounted for.

More than 200 people have been injured in Hong Kong, which, despite avoiding a direct hit, experienced winds more than 110mph with water levels surging by nearly 12ft in some places.

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