13 dead as typhoon moves on to China
MANILA, PHILIPPINES — At least 13 people were killed in landslides and floods caused by Typhoon Mangkhut, which pummeled the northern Philippines for 20 hours Saturday before moving toward southern China, officials said.
More than 4 million people were left without electricity as Mangkhut, the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, knocked down electricity and communication lines.
The death toll would “probably still go up,” said Ricardo Jalad, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, noting that reports of damage caused by Mangkhut were trickling in as emergency teams were able to reach battered areas.
Two of the victims were miners helping in rescue operations in one of two landslides in Itogon town in Benguet province, about 120 miles north of Manila, where a 13-year-old child also died, Mayor Victorio Palandan said.
A family of four, including an 8-month-old baby and a 2-year-old child, were killed when their house was buried in a landslide in Kayapa town in Nueva Vizcaya, said Gov. Carlos Padilla.
Five people died in separate landslides in nearby Baguio City, Mayor Mauricio Domogan said. Five were missing.
In the Manila suburban city of Pasig, the body of a teenage girl was recovered from under a bridge in the swollen Marikina River, police said.
More than 151,000 residents have been forced to flee their homes in the affected communities.