Typhoon Mangkhut wreaks havoc in Philippines, leaving at least 16 dead

Typhoon Mangkhut wreaks havoc in Philippines, leaving at least 16 dead

Disaster authorities have yet to complete damage assessments from Mangkhut, the 15th and most powerful storm to hit the Philippines this year, which had maximum gusts of 305 kph (190 mph), and was expected to clear land after 10:00 a.m. on its way towards southern China and Vietnam.

Philippine officials were assessing damage and checking on possible casualties as Typhoon Mangkhut on Saturday pummeled the northern breadbasket with ferocious wind and rain that set off landslides, damaged an airport terminal and ripped off tin roofs.

On Saturday, it plowed into the Philippines, killing at least two people and flattening homes in small towns and villages on the northern island of Luzon.

Philippine authorities said at least 25 people were killed, including a baby and a toddler, majority in landslides in mountainous areas that left at least 13 missing.

More than 4 million people were declared at risk from the storm, and around 87,000 evacuated, with 105,000 are staying in temporary shelters, according to Reuters.

Some residents have been evacuated from low-lying areas with storm surges of up to 3.5 m expected.

A pedestrian (L) walks past the Grand Lisboa which has closed its casino as super Typhoon Mangkhut edges closer to Macau on September 16, 2018.

Also a young girl was found in the Marikina River in the eastern part of metropolitan Manila, which appeared to avoid major damage.

"Almost all of the buildings here have been damaged, the roofs were blown away", said Rogelio Sending, a government official in Tuguegarao, the capital of Cagayan.

The storm claimed its first victims on Saturday, including two women who were buried when a rain-soaked hillside collapsed.

Edit: Updated at 5.54pm to include source of information on typhoon Mangkhut's death toll in the Philippines.

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In nearby Fujian province in China, 51,000 people were evacuated from fishing boats and around 11,000 vessels returned to port on Saturday morning.

Forecasters have called Super Typhoon Mangkhut the strongest storm so far this year.

The observatory warned of rough seas and frequent heavy squalls, urging residents of the densely populated financial hub to "take suitable precautions and pay close attention to the latest information" on the storm.

People jog at the waterfront in Hong Kong's Central district before typhoon Mangkhut approaches Hong Kong.

Hong Kong residents taped up their windows and stocked up on water and supplies after authorities warned the storm could be one of the worst.

"Because Mangkhut will bring winds and rains of extraordinary speeds, scope and severity, our preparation and response efforts will be greater than in the past", Ka-chiu said, according to the Associated Press.

An estimated 5.2 million people are within 125 kilometers (77 miles) of the projected path of the Super Typhoon, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

As the storm heads for China's southern coast, Cathay Pacific airline said it expects more than 400 flight cancellations over the next three days.

Typhoon Mangkhut at one point hit gusts of 189 miles per hour before it left the Philippines and moved across the South China Sea with reduced wind speeds.

At least 134 flights have been canceled across the country and the Coast Guard reported more than 4,000 people have been stranded because of ferry disruptions in the archipelago.

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