Philippines: Dozens dead after Typhoon Mangkhut

Philippines: Dozens dead after Typhoon Mangkhut

According to the authorities, the number of typhoon victims in the Philippines has risen to at least 25. Twenty of the victims were from the northern Cordillera region, including a six-person family whose house in Baguio City was buried by a landslide. Four people were killed in the province of Nueva Vizcaya – also by a landslide. In Kalinga province, a man was killed by a falling boulder.

Of the typhoon Mangkhut meanwhile moved on towards China, where the National Weather Service awaited the hurricane late on Sunday evening or at night on Monday at the south coast and on the tropical island Hainan.

On Saturday morning, the typhoon was accompanied by heavy rains in the north of the Philippines hit on land, nearly 400 kilometers north of the capital Manila. He weakened slightly with wind speeds of 170 kilometers per hour. Gusts reached 285 kilometers per hour. The storm uprooted trees, destroyed houses and triggered numerous landslides. More than four million people were without electricity, according to the authorities. In total, at least 5.2 million people are said to be affected by the storm. The Red Cross of the Philippines is due to the destructive power of even up to ten million sufferers.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wanted to get an impression of the disaster on Sunday. Mangkhut has been the strongest typhoon in the Philippines this year. The Philippines are hit by about 20 typhoons each year. One of the strongest typhoons of recent years was Haiyan in November 2013, when more than 6,300 people died and more than four million were lost to their homes.

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