Monster typhoon slams into Philippines

Super Typhoon Mangkhut: Most powerful storm on Earth in 2018 kills at least 14 in Philippines

Mangkhut is expected to weaken into a tropical depression by Tuesday as it moves inland. Rail, airline and ferry services were restored and casinos in the gambling enclave of Macau reopened. Dozens of residents sought shelter there during the storm despite warnings it was unsafe.

Storm warnings have been raised in 25 provinces across the main northern island of Luzon, restricting sea and air travel.

An average of 20 typhoons and storms lash the Philippines each year, killing hundreds of people and leaving millions in near-perpetual poverty.

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, September 16, 2018.

Hopes are fading for dozens of people trapped after a major landslide in the Philippines following the devastation caused by Typhoon Mangkhut.

At least two deaths have been reported in China.

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After formed in the east of the Philippines, the storm intensified into a super typhoon with maximum wind speeds of 250 kilometers per hour and sustained the strength for days before slamming into the northern Philippines on Saturday with violent winds and torrential rain.

The Hong Kong Observatory said Ompong was the most powerful cyclone to hit the city since 1979, packing winds of 195 kilometers per hour (121 mph).

An official says Typhoon Mangkhut has left at least 12 people dead in the northern Philippines, mostly in landslides and houses that got pummeled by the storm's fierce winds and rain.

Hong Kong's home affairs department said it had opened 48 temporary shelters and was now housing more than 1,200 people displaced by the storm.

Videos shared on social media showed Hong Kong apartments with flooded basements, flooded sports stadiums and reams of office paper flying out into the air through punctured high rise office windows.

Three people were killed by falling trees in Guangzhou, the provincial capital, while another person died from collapsing construction materials in the city of Dongguan, according to Guangdong's disaster relief authorities.

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Preparation and evacuation procedures have improved since Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 which killed more than 7,000 people.

The workers used pikes and shovels to dig into the mud Monday morning, with the use of heavy equipment limited on the soaked ground.

Tens of thousands of people had travel plans disrupted after Hong Kong's worldwide airport, a major regional hub, canceled most flights.

According to the Agency, rescuers pulled the bodies of 30 miners found themselves locked in the tunnel due to a landslide came down.

Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall on Saturday in the town of Baggao in the northern Philippine Cagayan province, weather officials said.

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