Typhoon Mangkhut killed at least 30 people in the Philippines when it destroyed homes and crops and caused massive flooding. Now he is on his way to plow on China's southern coast.
Presidential adviser Francis Tolentino said that the most serious casualties occurred in the mountainous Cordillera region in northern Luzon, where heavy rains caused landslides, killing 24 people and missing 13 others. Four others – including two children – were buried in a landslide in Nueva Ecija, another in Kalinga, and one person was killed in Ilocos Sur by a falling tree, Tolentino said.
The storm, which was the strongest storm this year, was not as bad as feared, though due to the remote areas where the typhoon hit, the death toll and the extent of the devastation are still unknown.
On Sunday morning it raced with wind speeds of 177 km / h towards China's densely populated south coast. In Hong Kong, where the mighty storm is expected 100 km south of the city, those responsible have triggered the storm warns of a T10, the highest level. The companies were barricaded and most flights were canceled.
The residents were advised to stay indoors and away from windows or doors, and some were evacuated from low-lying areas. Strong winds have already demolished windows, buildings and roofs, storm surges have flooded hotels and restaurants.
In Guangdong, the schools were closed by Tuesday and the high-speed line was closed, reports the Chinese news agency Xinhua. In southern Fujian Province, Chinese officials have ordered thousands of fishing boats to return to port and close construction sites near the coast.
In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte flew to Cagayan with government officials on Sunday. He said, "I share the sorrow of those who have lost their loved ones [are what] we call the unforeseen events. In insurance, this is an act of God. I do not know how it can be an act of God, but that's the term used by the insurance company, "said Duterte in a television briefing Duterte said he would fly to the Cordillera region on Monday.
Tolentino said the search and rescue operation is now over, with a focus on "rehabilitation" and the restoration of electricity and water supplies.
Category 5 Typhoon hit the northern end of the Philippine island of Luzon early Saturday morning. The strong winds tore the roofs of houses and tore down trees and electricity pylons, and the rain caused deadly landslides and floods. More than five million people were on their way.
The island is an important agricultural area in the Philippines, where most of the country's rice, corn and other vegetable crops are produced. The storm ruined them a month before the harvest and damaged the livelihood of thousands in the area.
Jerome Balinton, a spokesman for Save the Children, who lay on the ground northeast of Luzon, said, "The further north we traveled, the greater the damage, especially in the province of Cagayan, house to house flattened or strong damaged, roofs or walls were missing, large trees were uprooted from the ground and electricity pylons were bent directly over the ground so that power lines were scattered across the ground. "
He added, "In some areas where the Eye of the Storm has hit, it seems as if nothing has remained undamaged."
The typhoon affected 250,000 people in Luzon, according to the government's Natural Disaster Council. Mangkhut, a Thai word for the mangosteen fruit, is the 15th storm this year to smash the Philippines.
After Hong Kong, Mangkhut will pass the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau, which has closed all its 42 casinos for the first time, and after the flood warning, sandbag companies.
The typhoon is scheduled to hit Guandong Province, China on Sunday afternoon, where nearly half a million people have been evacuated from seven cities.