Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Philippines typhoon toll climbs as searchers dig for landslide missing

Philippines typhoon toll climbs as searchers dig for landslide missing

People walk through a flooded shopping mall in Heng Fa Chuen district during Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 16, 2018.

"But many were left behind", Zambale said. Storm surges raised sea levels by as much as four meters higher than usual in Tsim Sha Tsui, the South China Morning Post reported.

The Hong Kong government described the damage as "severe and extensive" with more than 300 people injured in Mangkhut, which triggered the maximum "T10" typhoon alert.

Mangkhut weakened from a typhoon to a tropical storm as it moved deeper into southern China yesterday, but leaving death and destruction in its wake, from Hong Kong to the Philippines.

The couple and their six-year-old daughter Anabelle and one-year-old twins Charlie and Tom live on the ninth floor of an apartment block in Discovery Bay, which was badly damaged by the extreme weather.

Philippine Consul General to Hong Kong Antonio Morales said on Monday that two Filipinos sustained minor injuries while at least 37 others were rescued as Typhoon "Mangkhut" or "Ompong" pounded the former British colony after devastating the Philippines. All high-speed and some normal rail services in Guangdong and Hainan provinces were also halted Sunday, the China Railway Guangzhou Group Co. said.

Some buildings, including the One Harbourfront office tower, had many windows smashed after a day in which some of the city's skyscrapers had swayed with the ferocious gusts.

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In 2013, super typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people.

As a result, the Jewellery & Gem Fair was cancelled on Sunday and reopened Monday 17 September at visitors' discretion from 10:30am onwards; exhibitors were allowed to re-enter the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre that morning from 8:30. Malaysians who are now in the affected areas and require consular assistance should contact either the Consulate-General in Hong Kong and Macau respectively. Four people died in the province of Guangdong in southern China, BBC News reported.

"They can't decide for themselves where to go", he said of the children, expressing frustration that the tragedy was not prevented.

That could add to the Philippines' inflation woes and worsen a spike in rice prices that has hit hard the almost quarter of the nation's population that survives on less than $2 a day.

Cagayan Valley, the country's top corn producer and second rice producer, is the region hardest hit by the typhoon which struck just before the harvest season.

The heavy rainfall and strong winds have also displaced millions from their homes - especially in Luzon, home to about half the country's 105 million people.

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