Death toll from Mangkhut hits 74 in the Philippines

Rescuers carry the body uncovered after the landslide in Itogon

Rescuers carry the body uncovered after the landslide in Itogon

Hong Kong began a massive clean-up today (Sept 17) after Typhoon Mangkhut raked the city, shredding trees and bringing damaging floods, in a trail of destruction that has left dozens dead in the Philippines and millions evacuated in southern China.

Hong Kong is a city well prepared for typhoons, with a detailed warning system that alerts residents to the severity of any approaching storm so that they know how to respond.

Even though Philippine authorities say it's highly unlikely any of the people feared buried in a mudslide would be found alive, Ulani said he was desperate to help.

Mangkhut is the strongest storm 2018 has seen with winds of more than 175 miles per hour smashing through the Philippines. Meanwhile, seven people are missing, including a 3-year-old boy.

National police spokesman Senior Superintendent Benigno Durana said that 43 other people are missing, and more than 155,000 people remain in evacuation centres two days after the typhoon struck.

Deadly Mangkhut crossed the northern Philippines as a super typhoon on Saturday, with the landslides in the aftermath claiming at least 65 lives, with dozen still missing. The tragedy has caused a nation to reexamine it's mining industry.

The storm shattered glass windows on commercial skyscrapers in Hong Kong, sending sheets of paper pouring out of the buildings, fluttering and spiraling as they headed for the debris-strewn ground, according to several videos posted on social media.

Rescue workers make their way through flood waters after Typhoon Mangkhut hit Macau on Sunday
Rescue workers make their way through flood waters after Typhoon Mangkhut hit Macau

The storm was still affecting southern China's coast and the provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan and rain and strong winds were expected to continue through Tuesday. We can't really do anything, it was an accident.

Almost half a million people had been evacuated from seven cities in Guangdong province, the gambling enclave of Macau closed down casinos for the first time and the Hong Kong Observatory warned people to stay away from the Victoria Harbour landmark, where storm surges battered the waterfront reinforced with sandbags.

The mighty winds broke glasses of commercial buildings, brought down materials from under-construction buildings, uprooted trees and blocked roads.

Mangkhut already is confirmed to have killed 66 people in the Philippines and four in China, where it weakened to a tropical storm as it churned inland Monday.

Public transportation was not running at full capacity as numerous bus routes and light rail services were suspended due to debris, causing major crowding at transportation hubs across the city.

Federal emergency official Brock Long said: 'Not only are you going to see more impact across North Carolina, but we're anticipating a lot of damage going through West Virginia, all the way up to OH as the system exits'.

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