Deadly Typhoon Mangkhut shakes Hong Kong buildings as it moves into China

Jermaine Castillo
September 17, 2018

Super typhoon Manghkut has killed at least two people in China after making landfall in southern Guangdong province on Sunday night.

"They (authorities) said this typhoon is twice as strong as the last typhoon, that's why we are terrified", Myrna Parallag, 53, told AFP after fleeing her home in the northern Philippines.

The mayor expressed sadness that the villagers, many of them poor, had few options to survive in a region where big corporations have profited immensely from gold mines. "The Zhuhai city government spent the financial subsidy that they received from the central government a year ago on rebuilding the city", paving new roads and reinforcing sidewalks, he said.

Most of the fatalities were caused by landslides and collapsed buildings.

"It's very sad. I could hear villagers wailing in their homes near the site of the accident", Tacio said by phone.

It's expected to pass about 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of the Pearl River Delta - an area in southern China that includes the cities of Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Macau - at about noon Hong Kong time Sunday, according to the the HKO.

Television footage and videos posted on social media showed bursts of rain, trees thrashed by winds, shop signs torn down and metal sheets peeled off roofs.

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Economic losses in Hong Kong and across China could reach $50 billion and $16 billion to $20 billion in the Philippines, said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler for Enki Research in Savannah, Ga., told Bloomberg.

A man uses a water container to shield him from rain brought about by Typhoon Mangkhut as it barreled across Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.

In the mainland city of Shenzhen, the Meishawan Hotel was flooded as storm surge broke through the hotel's glass doors.

This was the first time casinos were shut down.

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.

Two rescuers were killed trying to help people trapped in a landslide.

Guangdong is on its highest alert for the storm, which also hit Hong Kong, where it swayed skyscrapers and blew out windows.

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Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. said in a statement it's cancelling all flights in and out of Hong Kong on Sunday beginning at 2:30 am, and wouldn't resume operations until 4 am the following day.

Nearly all flights in and out of Hong Kong have been cancelled.

South China regions including Guangdong, Hainan and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region were affected by strong gales and heavy downpours Sunday morning.

While the death toll is now 54, with 32 people injured and 42 more missing, this is likely to rise in the coming days as rescue teams work to locate 36 people believed to be buried beneath landslides in the Cordillera Administrative Region, in the north of Luzon island. The disaster has already left five people injured in Macao, according to local media. Police also said a body had been found in a river in Manila.

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

10 Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal at 9:40am on Sunday as super typhoon Mangkhut arrives in Hong Kong.

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