Philippines typhoon toll hits 81, expected to rise

Pauline Gross
September 19, 2018

The villagers told the policemen that they thought the chapel and nearby bunkhouses were on stable ground, and that they would only move away if the storm became severe, he said. "What can we do?"

Rescuers are scrambling to dig up the landslide site, but they find at least 70 people who are still missing, majority buried alive by a landslide in the mining municipality of Itogon in Benguet province from the northern Philippines. Bodies in black bags were laid side by side.

In Macau, badly hit by a super typhoon previous year, authorities were much more prepared this time, ordering casinos to close late on Saturday night as the storm approached.

Hong Kong escaped without any fatalities when the storm hit Sunday.

"We know disasters can make life especially hard for some groups, so we're putting in place measures to protect a diverse group of people, including children, women-headed households, men and boys made vulnerable by the disaster, people with disabilities and older people".

"We found peace that his body has been found".

Itogon resident Roel Ullani helped search for the missing, including several of his cousins and other relatives.

Rescue workers make their way through flood waters after Typhoon Mangkhut hit Macau on Sunday
Rescue workers make their way through flood waters after Typhoon Mangkhut hit Macau

"I could hear villagers wailing in their homes near the site of the accident", Tacio said. In order to prevent such tragedies going forward, Environmental Secretary Roy Cimatu said the government would deploy soldiers and police to stop illegal mining in six mountainous northern provinces, including Benguet.

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The storm was about 124 miles west of the city of Nanning in Guangxi region on Monday afternoon, moving in a northwesterly direction and weakening as it progressed. There were no additional reports of deaths or damage. But more than 300 were injured as buildings were rocked, windows smashed, coastal areas pounded by towering waves and more than 1,000 trees were felled.

After a day of transport chaos in the immediate aftermath of the storm, schools were closed for a second day as authorities worked to restore rail and bus services.

Mangkhut mauled Hong Kong with 175km/h (109mph) winds and there was a record storm surge, with floodwaters reaching their highest levels since 1904, according to the city's forecaster. "I work with them", said miner Johnny Paggadut Jr.

Known in the Philippines as Ompong, the storm was packing winds of up to 265 kilometres per hour-120 km/hr stronger than Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas-when it began to rip roofs off buildings, uproot trees, block roads, and dump massive amounts of water.

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