Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mangkhut leaves death, destruction and chaos from Philippines to China

Mangkhut leaves death, destruction and chaos from Philippines to China

In the neighbouring enclave of Macau, all 42 casinos shut Saturday night and businesses were shuttered Sunday morning, some boarded up and protected by piles of sandbags.

A taxi is left abandoned after breaking down in floodwaters during Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on Sunday.

"Remain where you are if protected and be prepared for destructive winds and the change in wind directions", warned the Hong Kong Observatory, the city's meteorological agency, in an alert on Sunday afternoon.

The Hong Kong Observatory said that although Mangkhut had weakened slightly, its extensive, intense rain bands were bringing heavy downfall and frequent squalls.

With sustained winds of more than 120 miles per hour, it was stronger than Hurricane Florence when it made landfall with the Carolinas.

Airports in Shenzhen, a technology hub across the border from Hong Kong, and on the resort island of Hainan also canceled all flights, according to Chinese state media.

PAGASA on Sunday lifted all storm signal warnings in the country after the typhoon exited the Philippines on Saturday.

Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd (國泰航空) said all of its flights would be canceled between 2:30am yesterday and 4am today.

Water levels surged 3.5 meters (12 feet) in some places, waves swamped roads and washed up live fish, washing into some residential blocks and a mall in an eastern district. All high-speed and some normal rail services in... The city of Shenzhen also cancelled all flights between Sunday and early Monday morning.

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Typhoon Mangkhut hit the Philippines with gale force winds of 200 kph on Saturday, unleashing widespread devastation in which at least 40 people have been killed so far.

"Last year lots of large trees fell along this road", a city cleaner surnamed Zhu said, as government workers, police and volunteers worked around him, dragging away palm tree leaves and loading them on to trucks.

Families and relatives of miners carry their belongings as they evacuate following landslides which were triggered by Typhoon, burying an unknown number of miners and isolating the township in Itogon, Benguet province in the northern Philippines, on September 16, 2018.

The search and rescue operation was suspended at nightfall and was to resume at daybreak Monday, said Palangdan, the mayor.

"The landslides happened as some residents returned to their homes after the typhoon", disaster response coordinator Francis Tolentino told DZMM Radio, adding that most of the 5.7 million people affected had made advance preparations. Men used pikes and shovels to dig into the mud since the soaked ground was unstable and limited the use of heavy equipment on site.

Overall, at least 64 people have died in typhoon-related incidents in the northern Philippines, mostly from landslides and collapsed houses, according to the national police.

Still, the Philippines appeared to have been spared the high number of casualties many had feared.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from Guangdong, where Mangkhut is due to strike later on Sunday. Three more deaths were reported in northeastern Cagayan province, where the typhoon made landfall.

The typhoon lashed the northern Philippines with maximum winds of 205km/h and gusts of up to 285km/h.

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