Sympathies offered to the Philippines over Typhoon Mangkhut

People clean-up debris caused by Typhoon Mangkhut outside a housing estate on the waterfront in Hong Kong on Monday.- AFP

Sympathies offered to the Philippines over Typhoon Mangkhut

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. "But I just hope we can dig up his body", Payadon said. In the Philippines 50 people, gold miners and their families, who were sheltering in a chapel in Benguet province are feared buried in a landslide. Dozens of residents sought shelter there during the storm despite warnings it was risky. After making landfall in China's most populous province, Guangdong, it killed four before heading west into neighbouring Guangxi province late Sunday night.

"The EU is supporting those in need in the Philippines, many of whom are suffering the devastating effects of the cyclone", said European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides.

People work during a rescue and retrieval operation for landslide victims caused by Typhoon Mangkhut.

Around him, hundreds of searchers, a quarter of them miners, scraped away at the hardening mass of mud as cadaver-sniffing dogs were led across the site.

The Philippine government yesterday said it was deploying security forces to put a stop to illegal small-scale mining in the vast Cordillera mountain region, a practice which is credited with increasing the likelihood of landslides in communities like Itogon.

Authorities there had evacuated more than three million people and ordered tens of thousands of fishing boats back to port before the arrival of what Chinese media dubbed the "King of Storms". There were no additional reports of deaths or damage.

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"I could feel our building swaying when the wind blew". Bus, rail and ferry services there were cancelled, as were more than 900 flights at its busy airport.

In Hong Kong, crews cleared fallen trees and other wreckage left from when the financial hub felt the full brunt of the storm Sunday.

"This typhoon really was super strong ... but overall, I feel we can say we got through it safely", Carrie Lam, the territory's chief executive, told reporters.

The reason for the extensive damage to Hong Kong, despite the fact the storm passed to the south of the city, was the wide eye and swathe of hurricane force winds, the higher than anticipated storm surge and also the duration of the impacts, with typhoon force winds impacting the city for around 12 hours (twice as long as with Hato).

The Hong Kong Observatory reported Mangkhut was the most powerful cyclone to hit the city since 1979, packing maximum sustained gusts of 121 miles per hour.

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