13 dead as typhoon moves on to China

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - NATION & WORLD - By Gir­lie Li­nao

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.

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