2.4 mil­lion peo­ple moved out as Typhoon Mangkhut swings to China from Hong Kong.

Typhoon hits Guang­dong af­ter killing at least 60 in Philip­pines

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HONG KONG: Typhoon Mangkhut bar­relled into south­ern China af­ter lash­ing the north­ern Philip­pines with strong winds and heavy rain that left at least 60 peo­ple dead and dozens more feared buried in a land­slide.

More than 2.4 mil­lion peo­ple had been re­lo­cated in south­ern China’s Guang­dong prov­ince yes­ter­day to flee the mas­sive typhoon and nearly 50,000 fish­ing boats were called back to port, state me­dia re­ported.

The Hong Kong Ob­ser­va­tory warned peo­ple to stay away from the Vic­to­ria Har­bour land­mark, where storm surges bat­tered the sand­bag-re­in­forced wa­ter­front.

Mangkhut made land­fall in the Guang­dong city of Tais­han at 5pm lo­cal time, pack­ing wind speeds of 162 kph. State tele­vi­sion broad­caster CGTN re­ported that surg­ing waves flooded a sea­side ho­tel in the city of Shen­zhen.

Gro­ceries flew off the shelves of su­per­mar­kets in Guangzhou as res­i­dents stocked up in prepa­ra­tion for be­ing con­fined at home by the typhoon, China’s of­fi­cial Xin­hua News Agency said.

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

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 Co said.

In Hong Kong, a video posted on­line by res­i­dents showed the top cor­ner of an old build­ing break and fall off while in an­other video, a tall build­ing swayed as strong winds blew.

The storm also broke win­dows, felled trees, tore bam­boo scaf­fold­ing off build­ings un­der con­struc­tion and flooded ar­eas with some­times waist-high wa­ters, ac­cord­ing to the South China Morn­ing Post.

The pa­per said the heavy rains brought storm surges of 3m around Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter John Lee Ka-chiu urged res­i­dents to pre­pare for 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,” Lee said.

“Each de­part­ment must have a sense of cri­sis, make a com­pre­hen­sive as­sess­ment and plan, and pre­pare for the worst.”

In the north­ern Philip­pines, about 40 to 50 peo­ple, mostly smallscale min­ers and their fam­i­lies, were feared to have been trapped by a land­slide in the far-flung vil­lage of Ucab in Ito­gon town in Benguet prov­ince, Ito­gon Mayor Vic­to­rio Palang­dan said by phone.

Palang­dan said three vil­lagers who nearly got buried by the huge pile of mud and rocks told au­thor­i­ties they saw res­i­dents rush into an old three-storey build­ing, a for­mer min­ing bunkhouse that has been trans­formed into a chapel, at the height of the typhoon’s on­slaught on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

“That was not an au­tho­rised evac­u­a­tion cen­tre,” Palang­dan said.

Res­cuers stopped their search in­ter­mit­tently be­cause of heavy rain, and the search and res­cue op­er­a­tion was sus­pended at night­fall and will re­sume to­day, Palang­dan said.

Over­all, at least 60 peo­ple have died in typhoon-re­lated in­ci­dents in the Philip­pines, mostly from land­slides and col­lapsed houses.

Trail of de­struc­tion: A po­lice­man walk­ing through makeshift tent shel­ters dam­aged by strong winds from Typhoon Mangkhut af­ter it bar­relled across Tugue­garao city in Ca­gayan prov­ince, north­east­ern Philip­pines. — AP

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