Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

At Least 40 Feared Trapped In Philippines Landslide

At Least 40 Feared Trapped In Philippines Landslide

The Philippines is routinely hit during the typhoon season but the strength of Manghukt evoked memories of the deadliest storm on national record - Super Typhoon Haiyan - which killed more than 7,000 in 2013. Authorities there raised the storm warning signal to T10 earlier, the highest possible level.

In China, all flights at Guangzhou International Airport were canceled from midday Sunday through Monday morning.

The storm killed another four people in China, where Ompong weakened to a tropical storm as it churned inland Monday.

The Hong Kong Observatory reported Mangkhut was the most powerful cyclone to hit the city since 1979, packing maximum sustained gusts of 195 kilometres per hour.

Mr Tolentino, who was assigned by Mr Duterte to help coordinate disaster response, said at least two other people were missing.

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

Mangkhut is heading towards Hong Kong, where Security Minister John Lee Ka-chiu warned residents it would be bringing "winds and rains of extraordinary speeds, scope and severity".

He says about 87,000 people have been evacuated from high-risk areas and advised not to return home until the danger has passed.

The Hong Kong government said Mangkhut will pose "a severe threat to the region" as many residents in the city and neighbouring Macau stocked up on food and supplies.

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Environmental Secretary Roy Cimatu announced the ban on unauthorized mining during a news conference Monday in Benguet province, where 54 of the 65 deaths occurred since Typhoon Mangkhut hit the Philippines on Saturday.

Almost two and a half million people have been evacuated from seven cities in Guangdong. Most died in landslides caused by heavy rain.

Farms across northern Luzon, which produces much of the nation's rice and corn, were swamped by muddy floodwater, their crops ruined just a month before harvest.

"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.

The typhoon, or "King of Storms", as Chinese media describe it, is expected to make landfall in Guangdong between Zhuhai and Wuchuan in the evening, weather officials say.

His story was based on reports from the Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

Jerome Balinton, a spokesman for Save the Children who was on the ground in north-eastern Luzon, said: "The further north we travelled the more extensive the damage, particularly in Cagayan province".

In the town of Baggao the typhoon demolished houses, tore off roofs and downed power lines.

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