Typhoon Mangkhut: EU announces 2 million euros in aid to Philippines

19 Septembre, 2018, 07:05 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Rescuers carry the body uncovered after the landslide in Itogon

This was despite Typhoon Mangkhut weakening before reaching Hong Kong and the southern coast of China following its devastating dash through northern Philippines.

Dozens of people sought shelter there during the storm despite warnings it was risky.

Mayor Victorio Palangdan of Itogon town in Benguet province, among the worst-hit by the typhoon that struck Saturday, said at a news conference that of the 40 to 50 people thought buried, there's a "99 percent (chance) that they really are all dead".

Stringer. / Reuters A view of landslide caused at the height of Typhoon Mangkhut that buried people at a mining camp in Itogon, Benguet in the Philippines. After making landfall in China's most populous province, Guangdong, it killed four before heading west into neighbouring Guangxi province late Sunday night. "Our family wanted to get down to the lobby but all the lifts were suspended", said a 62-year-old who gave her name as Mrs Fu.

Palangdan said authorities "will not stop until we recover all the bodies". "For me, it will just be retrievals", he said.

Some 300 police, soldiers, firefighters and volunteers armed mostly with hand tools raced to remove rocks, mud, debris and drain water from collapsed buildings, hoping to find some signs of life after 13 bodies were pulled out.

Rescue workers make their way through flood waters after Typhoon Mangkhut hit Macau on Sunday
Rescue workers make their way through flood waters after Typhoon Mangkhut hit Macau

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu had ordered the stoppage of all small-scale mining activities in the Cordillera Region, both legal and illegal. Tens of thousands of small-time miners in recent years have come to the mountain provinces from the lowlands and established communities in high-risk areas like the mountain foothills of Itogon.

In Hong Kong, which was hit hard over the weekend, videos on social media showed apartments swaying in the wind, scaffolding crashing to the ground and commercial buildings with windows shattered.

Philippine and Chinese authorities say the death toll from a typhoon has risen to at least 69 with dozens missing.

Boats were among the biggest casualties of Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong, with hundreds washed ashore, damaged or sunk, while at a yacht club the devastation was such that staff had to swim to work. Bus, rail and ferry services there were cancelled, as were more than 900 flights at its busy airport.

The super typhoon could be one of the strongest storms to hit Hong Kong in more than six decades, and the city's weather observatory has issued its highest storm warning possible, a signal T10.

Information for this article was contributed by Jim Gomez and Cecilia Forbes of The Associated Press.

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