Deadly Typhoon Mangkhut lashes Hong Kong, China; dozens dead in Philippines

China has relocated over 2.45 million people and cancelled over 400 flights as super Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in southern Guangdong province on Sunday after battering Hong Kong and killing 64 people in the Philippines. The typhoon slammed the coast of Jiangmen city in southern China’s Guangdong province on Sunday evening packing winds up to 162 km per hour. More than 2.45 million people have been relocated, and over 48,000 fishing boats called back to port in the province on Sunday, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Work has been suspended at more than 29,000 construction sites and 632 tourist spots have been closed. Earlier, more than 400 flights at two airports in China’s southernmost island Province of Hainan with all coastal resorts and schools closed as Typhoon Mangkhut approached.

At least 25 people have been killed in the Philippines in a trail of devastation left by Typhoon Mangkhut, mostly in landslides in mountainous areas, a presidential adviser said on Sunday.
Twenty deaths in the Cordillera region on the main island of Luzon and four in nearby Nueva Vizcaya province were caused by landslides. Another death resulted from a treefall in the province of Ilocos Sur, Francis Tolentino said by telephone.  The tally reflected the situation at 9 am, said Tolentino, the main disaster response coordinator and an adviser to President Rodrigo Duterte, adding that reports from other areas of northern Luzon, hit by the typhoon on Saturday, were still flowing in. The Cordillera deaths were confirmed by Emmanuel Salamat, of the office of civil defence, who said police had reported at least 20 dead there.

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