Typhoon Mangkhut kills scores in Philippines, hits China

Typhoon Mangkhut kills scores in Philippines, hits China

Typhoon Mangkhut kills scores in Philippines, hits China

Chinese state media say four people have been killed in Guangdong, China's most populous province, raising the death toll from the powerful storm to at least 69 people.

The storm is now barreling across Guangdong province, but the winds have subsided after packing gusts of up to 162km/h, according to the provincial meteorological station.

Netizens in Hong Kong and mainland China have taken to social media to post videos of the widespread destruction caused by winds of more than 250kmh and waves over 12m high. Hundreds of flights were canceled. Mangkhut weakened from a typhoon to a tropical storm as it moved deeper into southern China on Monday.

It made landfall on the coast of Jiangmen city, in southern China's Guangdong province, Sunday evening after battering Hong Kong.

"Not only are you going to see more impact across North Carolina, ... but we're also anticipating you are about to see a lot of damage going through West Virginia, all the way up to OH as the system exits out", Brock Long of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Sunday.

"Prepare for the worst", Hong Kong Security Minister John Lee Ka-chiu urged residents. The government said in a statement: "The suspension is for the safety of casino employees, visitors to the city and residents". Airlines such as its flagship carrier, Cathay Pacific, cancelled many flights last week.

The storm managed to score a historic first in Macau with all of its 42 casinos shutting late on Saturday. Macau suffered catastrophic flooding during Typhoon Hato past year, leading to accusations of corruption and incompetence at its meteorological office.

Preparation and evacuation procedures have improved since Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 which killed more than 7000 people.

China has ordered about 6,000 boats to return to harbor, and evacuated thousands of offshore oil platform workers, the state news agency, Xinhua, said.

Torrential rain dumped by Typhoon "Ompong" in Luzon over the weekend triggered massive landslides in the northern part of the country.

Five people were arrested for breaking into a Dollar General Store, said the police department in Wilmington, which has imposed a nighttime curfew.

Three more deaths have been reported in northeastern Cagayan province, where the typhoon made landfall.

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Lohas Park, a residential estate in the district, saw the windows of many of its units shattered by Mangkhut's strong winds, leaving the flats in a great mess. House after house had been flattened or badly damaged, with roofs or walls missing. Some roads were cut off by landslides and many remained submerged.

Landslides caused by the pounding storm hit two villages in Itogon town in the Philippine mountain province of Benguet.

Farms across northern Luzon, which produces much of the nation's rice and corn, were under muddy floodwater, their crops ruined just a month before harvest. "We continue to patrol the area, but people have already been through Matthew hurricane and know what to expect", he told AFP.

"We have no other means to survive", she said tearfully. It also said more than 13,300 hectares of farmland had been damaged.

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