Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Typhoon Mangkhut: Families seeking refuge buried by landslide

Typhoon kills two in Philippines, one off Taiwan Hong Kong raises typhoon alert to highest level as Mangkhut closes in
Ellis Copeland | 18 September, 2018, 16:15

In one, windows had been blown out, scattering debris all around, and in another, a crane collapsed dramatically at a construction site in Mongkok. A red alert remained in effect for parts of southern China, where the typhoon was moving westward.

Mangkhut damaged trees and buildings throughout Hong Kong.

Mangkhut had shut down the city all day Sunday after the Observatory gave the storm its highest warning signal.

Economic losses in Hong Kong and across China could reach $50 billion and $16 billion to $20 billion in the Philippines, said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler for Enki Research in Savannah, Ga., told Bloomberg.

Mangkhut was still expected to bring heavy rain to Hong Kong, with flood warnings in place for low-lying areas.

Hong Kong can breathe again. Hong Kong authorities say 284 people have sought treatment for minor injuries at hospitals.

Strong wind caused by Typhoon Mangkhut push waves up onto the waterfront of Victoria Habour Hong Kong.

More than 2.4 million people were evacuated from China's southern Guangdong province ahead of the massive typhoon, the strongest to hit the region in almost two decades.

In Macau, next door to Hong Kong, casinos were ordered to close from 11:00pm Saturday, the first time such action was taken in the city.

"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.

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Nearly all flights in and out of Hong Kong were canceled. However, officials warned the storm conditions are expected to continue through Tuesday.

The Philippines' deadliest storm on record is Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 7,350 people dead or missing across the central part of the country in November 2013. At least 64 died in landslides or by drowning, the Associated Press reported, citing Philippine National Police officials.

Francis Tolentino, a political adviser to President Rodrigo Duterte, told the BBC he estimated only a fifth of produce there had been harvested in advance - threatening staples like rice and corn. Government agencies intensified rescue operations as hundreds of people were evacuated from the affected areas.

MTR Corp, the city's sole rail operator, revealed that a number of ground sections of its service lines were affected by fallen trees and objects.

Hopes are fading for dozens of people trapped after a major landslide in the Philippines following the devastation caused by Typhoon Mangkhut.

"They laughed at our policemen", he said.

People who had crowded into evacuation centres were receiving government food packages, Ms Villamar said, and water was being delivered as the mains supply had been compromised.

A PNP report as of Monday afternoon said the 66 dead included one in Region 1, eight in Region 2, two in Region 3, 54 in the Cordillera Autonomous Region, and one in Metro Manila.

By then, Mangkhut had already left a swathe of destruction across the city, with many Hongkongers saying that it was the worst typhoon they had ever witnessed, with some high-rise buildings swaying due to the gale-force winds.

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