Dozens killed as typhoon Mangkhut battered Philippines, China  
September 17th, 2018 at 8:44 pm
Dozens killed as typhoon Mangkhut battered Philippines, China  

International desk – A powerful storm crossed thru the Philippines and China has wrecked havoc on its trail killing dozens of people and destroying property.

Typhoon Mangkhut is one of the most powerful storms to hit the region in decades.

The tropical storm killed at least 65 people in the Philippines, where the storm was known as Ompong, according to Inquirer newspaper. Many people are believed to have died after they were buried in large chunk of mud.

The storm killed four people in China, where Mangkhut weakened to a tropical as it churned inland on Monday.  

More than 2.5 million people have been evacuated in Guangdong of China and on Hainan island. In Hong Kong, the storm wrecked buildings and shut down the city.

The typhoon is now moving inland, and is expected to hit the Chinese regions of Guizhou, Chongqing and Yunnan later in the day, according to BBC.

In Hong Kong, which was hit hard over the weekend, videos on social media showed apartments swaying in the wind, scaffolding crashing to the ground and commercial buildings with windows shattered.

Transport services have also been suspended, with flights cancelled, trains stopped and major roads closed.

The city managed to avoid serious casualties but now faces a difficult recovery as thousands still remain affected by flooding and travel disruptions.

Officials put the number of injured in Hong Kong at more than 200.

Despite avoiding a direct hit, winds there reached more than 110mph and as water levels surged by almost 3.5m in places.

Authorities had issued their maximum alert, warning residents to stay indoors and away from windows to avoid flying debris.

In neighbouring Macau, for the first time in its history, the territory’s famous casinos were ordered to close.