Typhoon Mangkhut, at least 30 dead in the Philippines, also damage in South China

CLAVERY (PHILIPPINES) – After causing at least 30 Philippines mortinels the typhoon Mangkhut it is rapidly moving to southern China hitting Hong Kong in full. What according to meteorologists is already considered the most powerful storm this year in the world, on the island of Luzon, the largest of the Philippine archipelago, where it has uprooted trees, torn roofs and caused landslides and floods. Most of the victims would have been killed by the landslides caused.

In the North of the Philippines, communications and electricity are now out of use: with at least 5 million people left alone and in the dark. A situation that makes it even more difficult to make an exact assessment of the damage and the victims. Many roads are also interrupted due to landslides, while others are flooded. And the rice and corn crop is at risk, as even the largest farms in the archipelago have been devastated. There would be at least a hundred thousand people fleeing.

The typhoon has lost intensity in the journey between the Philippines and the south of China but has nevertheless sowed the chaos on Hong Kong, literally shaking the skyscrapers, so that the local meteorological observatory has triggered the maximum alert. Despite the typhoon's eye being in fact hundreds of miles to the south of the former British colony, the winds that swept the city touched peaks of 242 kilometers per hour: splitting glass, uprooting trees and rocking homes. The Hong Kong airline, Cathay Pacific, has canceled 400 flights: the airport will remain closed for at least three days. In total, 900 flights canceled throughout the south of China.

Even Macao is preparing for the worst: the authorities, which last year had been severely criticized for not having prepared city and population at the arrival of typhoon Hato, this year they decided to close the 42 city casinos for the first time in history . As people rush to put scotch and driftwood in the hope of consolidating the windows of homes and shops.

Southeast Asia is affected every year by at least twenty typhoons, which, at least in the Philippines, contribute to increasing population poverty. In November 2013, the most violent typhoon in recent history fell on the archipelago: Hayan, who caused a tsunami and killed 7300 people.

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