Typhoon Mangkhut pounds China after mud buries dozens in Philippines
Rescuers carry a body recovered from a landslide caused by Typhoon Mangkhut in Itogon, Philippines.(Aaron Favila / Associated Press)
Rescuers work on the site where victims were believed to have been buried by a landslide after Typhoon Mangkhut barreled across Itogon, Philippines.(Aaron Favila / Associated Press)
A landslide caused by heavy rains from the typhoon leaves rescuers digging with bare hands Monday, searching for dozens of miners feared buried in Itogon, Philippines.(Ted Aljibe / AFP/Getty Images)
A man in a Hong Kong high-rise looks at windows blown out during the typhoon.(Lam Yik Fei / Getty Images)
Downed scaffolding covers a street on Monday after the storm swept by Hong Kong.(Lam Yik Fei / Getty Images)
People clean debris from Typhoon Mangkhut on the waterfront in Hong Kong.(Vincent Yu / Associated Press)
A man takes a video of himself on an empty Nathan Road during Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on Sunday.(Jerome Favre / EPA/Shutterstock)
Rescuers help a mother and her child evacuate Sunday after landslides in the northern Philippine town of Itogon.(JJ Landingin / Associated Press)
Children use basins to cross a flooded street Sunday after Typhoon Mangkhut in Calumpit, Philippines.(Noel Celis / AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers retrieve the body of a mudslide victim Sunday in Baguio, Philippines.(JJ Landingin / AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers remove a body Sunday in Baguio, Philippines.(JJ Landingin / AFP/Getty Images)
Children cross a flooded alley by raft in Calumpit, Philippines.(Noel Celis / AFP/Getty Images)
A man takes photos Sunday as Typhoon Mangkhut approaches Hong Kong.(Philip Fong / AFP/Getty Images)
Evacuees rest in a shelter as Typhoon Mangkhut hits Hong Kong on Sunday.(Anthony Wallace / AFP/Getty Images)
Collapsed bamboo scaffolding hangs from a building during Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on Sunday.(Anthony Wallace / AFP/Getty Images)
Windows are damaged by the typhoon Sunday in Hong Kong.(Lam Yik Fei / Getty Images)
Typhoon Mangkhut barreled into southern China after lashing the Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain that caused landslides feared to have buried dozens.
More than 2.4 million people had been evacuated in southern China’s Guangdong province by Sunday evening to flee the typhoon, state media said.
“Prepare for the worst,” Hong Kong Security Minister John Lee Ka-chiu urged residents.
That warning followed Mangkhut’s devastating march through the northern Philippines on Saturday with sustained winds of 127 mph. National police said 64 people had died there as of Sunday, mostly due to landslides and collapsed houses, with two additional deaths reported in China.
Landslides caused by the pounding storm hit two villages in Itogon town in the Philippine mountain province of Benguet. Police Superintendent Pelita Tacio said 34 villagers had died and 36 were missing.
Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan said that at the height of the typhoon’s onslaught Saturday afternoon, dozens of people, mostly miners and their families, rushed into an old three-story building in the village of Ucab.
The building — a former mining bunkhouse that had been transformed into a chapel — was obliterated when part of a mountain slope collapsed. Three villagers who managed to escape told authorities what happened.
“They thought they were really safe there,” the mayor said Sunday.
The rescue work halted for the night before resuming Monday morning. 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.
Mangkhut made landfall in the Guangdong city of Taishan at 5 p.m. Sunday, packing wind speeds of 100 mph. State television broadcaster CGTN reported that surging waves flooded a seaside hotel in the city of Shenzhen.
The storm shattered glass windows on commercial skyscrapers in Hong Kong, sending sheets of paper pouring out of the buildings, fluttering and spiraling as they headed for the debris-strewn ground, according to videos on social media.
Mangkhut also felled trees, tore scaffolding off buildings under construction and flooded some areas of Hong Kong with waist-high waters, according to the South China Morning Post.
Casinos on Macau were ordered closed for the first time due to the typhoon. A red alert, the most severe warning, was issued for densely populated southern China, which the national meteorological center said would face a “severe test caused by wind and rain.”
Flights over the weekend and into Monday were canceled in Hong Kong and the mainland cities of Shenzhen, Haikou, Sanya, Guangzhou and Zhuhai. All high-speed and some normal rail services in Guangdong and Hainan provinces were also halted, the China Railway Guangzhou Group Co. said.
8:10 p.m.: This article was updated with more information about damage caused in China.
2:35 p.m.: This article was updated throughout, including information on evacuations in China and the increased death toll in the Philippines from 36 to at least 64.
4:45 a.m.: Updated to raise the Philippines death toll from 28 to 36.
This article was first published at 12:05 a.m.
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