Mangkhut kills four in China, causes destruction in Hong Kong

Typhoon Mangkhut

Typhoon Mangkhut

In one, at least a third of the tower's windows had been blown out, scattering debris all around, and in another, a construction elevator shaft collapsed dramatically at a construction site in Mongkok. About 150,000 people were in temporary shelters when the storm hit.

The typhoon barrelled into the southern Chinese city of Taishan at 5 pm Sunday.

Police officers rescue a man from a flooded street during Typhoon Mangkhut in Lei Yu Mun, Hong Kong, China.

The storm, with gusts of more than 230 kilometers per hour (142 mph), sent buildings swaying and waters surging into homes and shopping malls in Hong Kong, with some roads waist-deep in water.

Parts of Hong Kong and Macau were severely flooded, though there were no immediate reports of fatalities.

Shocking footage of the incident was captured by Joseph Anthony, 44, who said: 'I was surprised to see the dad out with the kids that early on. There have been no reports of fatalities.

Authorities in Hong Kong issued a signal 10 - the strongest possible storm warning - as the storm hit the busy financial centre.

Mangkhut on Monday 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.

In Macau, next door to Hong Kong, casinos were ordered to close from 11 p.m. Saturday, the first time such action was taken in the city, the South China Morning Post reported.

Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu described the damage as "serious and extensive" with the number of calls for help, or reports of injury, five times higher than in August previous year when Super Typhoon Hato battered Hong Kong. The storm brought heavy rain and many landslides.

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The airports of Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who also attended the briefing, felt that Hong Kong was well-prepared for Mangkhut and the authorities were able to activate their plans shortly after the Hong Kong Observatory signalled the approaching strong winds.

Twenty deaths in the Cordillera region on the main island of Luzon and four in nearby Nueva Vizcaya province were caused by landslides. "We have lost hope", 40-year-old Mary Anne Baril, whose corn and rice crops were spoilt, told AFP.

The casino shutdown is expected to cost Macau from 1.1 billion patacas (S$186 million) to 1.5 billion patacas in lost gaming revenue, estimated Union Gaming Securities Asia analyst Grant Govertsen, Bloomberg reported.

Guangdong is also China's most populous province, with a population of more than 100 million.

The operation in a remote mountainous region struggled to reach dozens of people feared trapped, two days after the powerful typhoon struck.

The mayor of Itogon told The Associated Press the miners and their families had been warned that the structure wasn't safe, but that many people had sought shelter there nonetheless.

Storm surges raised sea levels as much as four meters higher than usual in Victoria Harbour.

A massive evacuation ahead of Mangkhut helped lessen potential casualties, with about 87,000 people evacuating from high-risk areas, officials said.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in the affected province in Sunday to assess the damage and speak to disaster relief officials.

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