Mop up in Hong Kong after Super Typhoon Mangkhut

Mop up in Hong Kong after Super Typhoon Mangkhut

More than 2.45 million people have been evacuated in China's Guangdong province as Mangkhut made landfall at 5 p.m. local time, according to Chinese state media.

Mangkhut, the Thai name for Southeast Asia's mangosteen fruit, was expected to skirt 100 km (62 miles) south of Hong Kong and veer west towards the coast of China's Guangdong province, and the gaming center of Macau.

Mangkhut arrived in China after making landfall Saturday morning on Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines.

A Chinese state broadcaster says Typhoon Mangkhut has left at least two people dead after the massive storm slammed into southern China's Guangdong province.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled. All high-speed and some normal rail services in Guangdong and Hainan provinces were also halted.

The Hong Kong Observatory said that although Mangkhut had weakened slightly, its extensive, intense rainbands were bringing heavy downfall.

The monumental task of cleaning up the city began as residents, some in suits and ties, struggled to get back to work on roads that remained blocked by felled trees, mud and debris.

A storm surge of about 9.8 feet or above is expected at the city's waterfront Victoria Harbour, the observatory said, appealing on the public to avoid the shoreline.

Foam is washed ashore after Typhoon Mangkhut hit Hong Kong, China September 17, 2018.

Hong Kong residents were told to stay away from the coastline and be on alert for occasional gales.

In an update yesterday evening, it said: "Mangkhut is departing Hong Kong gradually, and local winds are weakening". "Each department must have a sense of crisis, make a comprehensive assessment and plan, and prepare for the worst". More than 550 flights at airports in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou were also canceled, according to Flightaware.com.

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Fifteen people were injured in the nearby gambling enclave of Macau, which closed casinos for the first time.

In Macau, where the destruction caused by Super Typhoon Hato previous year was still fresh in the mind, police were seen patrolling the streets in cars and playing audio warnings to urge people to stay indoors. The district was one of the most affected by floods from Typhoon Hato, which left 10 people dead. "I share the grief of those who lost loved ones", he said, calling it "an act of God", according to the Philippine News Agency.

As of Saturday, the storm had caused 51 landslides in the north of the Philippines.

"It's very sad. I could hear villagers wailing in their homes near the site of the accident", Tacio said by phone.

Emergency workers navigated the roads on jet skis and dinghies, rescuing trapped residents.

Overall, at least 36 people have died in typhoon-related incidents in the Philippines, mostly from landslides and collapsed houses.

The typhoon lashed the northern Philippines with maximum winds of 205km/h and gusts of up to 285km/h.

Still, the Philippines appeared to have been spared the high number of casualties many had feared.

The storm has carved a deadly trail across the region, killing two people in southern China and at least 54 people in the Philippines.

Palangdan said the area where the bunkhouse was located was "dangerous because there was a big tunnel mined" by a private corporation decades ago, blaming mining for the landslides that hit the town of almost 60,000 people.

"The Zhuhai city government spent the financial subsidy that they received from the central government a year ago on rebuilding the city", paving new roads and reinforcing sidewalks, he said.

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