Warn­ings as Mangkhut lands in China, HK

The New Zealand Herald - - World -

Typhoon Mangkhut bar­relled into south­ern China last night af­ter lash­ing the north­ern Philip­pines with strong winds and heavy rain that left at least 36 peo­ple dead and dozens more feared buried in a land­slide.

Ahead of the huge typhoon, nearly half a mil­lion peo­ple had been evac­u­ated from seven cities in China’s Guang­dong prov­ince, the gam­bling en­clave of Ma­cau closed casi­nos for the first time and the Hong Kong Ob­ser­va­tory warned peo­ple to avoid the Vic­to­ria Har­bour land­mark, where storm surges bat­tered the sand bag re­in­forced wa­ter­front. Mangkhut made land­fall in the city of Tais­han, Guang­dong prov­ince, pack­ing wind speeds of 162km/h. State broad­caster CGTN said surg­ing waves flooded a sea­side ho­tel in the city of Shen­zhen.

South­ern China au­thor­i­ties had is­sued a red alert, the most se­vere, as the na­tional me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal cen­ter said the densely pop­u­lated re­gion would face a “se­vere test caused by wind and rain” and urged of­fi­cials to pre­pare for pos­si­ble dis­as­ters.

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

Hun­dreds of flights were can­celled. All high-speed and some nor­mal rail ser­vices in Guang­dong and Hainan prov­inces were also halted, the China Rail­way Guangzhou Group said.

Hong Kong Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter John Lee Ka-chiu urged res­i­dents to pre­pare for the worst.

In Ma­cau’s in­ner har­bour dis­trict last night the wa­ter level reached 1.5m and was ex­pected to rise fur­ther.

In Fu­jian prov­ince and other parts of south­ern China, tens of thou­sands of fish­ing boats re­turned to port and con­struc­tion work came to a stop.

In the north­ern Philip­pines, at least 40 peo­ple, mostly gold min­ers, are feared to have been trapped in a land­slide in a moun­tain town that was pum­melled by the typhoon.

Po­lice said dozens of res­cuers have dug out at least seven bod­ies from the huge mound of mud and rocks in Ito­gon, in Benguet prov­ince.

A part of the moun­tain­side col­lapsed on the min­ers’ bunkhouses at the height of the on­slaught.

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