Typhoon Mangkhut slams South China after hitting the Philippines

Philippines typhoon toll climbs as searchers dig for landslide missing

Philippines typhoon toll climbs as searchers dig for landslide missing

The strongest tropical storm of the season so far with winds as fast as 200 kilometres per hour, Mangkhut has reportedly killed at least 25 people in the Philippines as it continues it's path towards southern China.

In the high-rise city of Hong Kong, the government described the damage as "severe and extensive" with more than 300 people injured in Mangkhut, which triggered the maximum "T10" typhoon alert.

Residents hunkered down in their apartments, and streets in the usually buzzing city were deserted Sunday. Muddy river waters swamped entire communities and the coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, was cut off by the flood waters.

Windows in tower blocks and skyscrapers were smashed as people cowered inside.

He added: "In some areas where the eye of the storm hit, it seems as if nothing has been left undamaged".

As it tore through the Philippines on Saturday, Mangkhut's wind gusts reached speeds of over 270 km/h. The agency also issued a landslide warning, and urged residents to keep away from steep slopes.

The storm is expected to be one for Hong Kong's record books.

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.

At least 391 people were injured by falling debris as winds whipped through the city, slicing through hundreds of trees and causing deep flooding in low-lying areas such as Hang Fa Chuen and Siu Sai Wan, which were badly hit by Typhoon Hato a year ago. There have been no reports of fatalities.

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When contacted, Mr Eric Ong, head of retail banking at OCBC Wing Hang said the bank is adopting a flexible approach towards staff who found it hard to get back to work after Typhoon Mangkhut.

The China Meteorological Administration said the typhoon, dubbed "King of Storms", swept west to Guangxi province at 6 a.m. (2200 GMT on Sunday) and weakened to a "tropical storm".

Flights via Shenzhen Airport were all cancelled on Sunday until 8 am Monday.

Officials and utility companies appealed for public understanding as they raced against time to fix train tracks, ferry piers, power lines, and 170 sets of damaged traffic lights, while removing some 1,500 toppled trees blocking critical transport arteries.

Hong Kong began a massive clean-up today after 142 miles per hour Typhoon Mangkhut raked the city, shredding trees and bringing damaging floods.

In the Philippines, where the main island of Luzon was mauled with fierce winds and rain, the death toll rose to 65 overnight as rescuers pulled more bodies from a huge landslide in the mountain town of Itogon. At least 64 died in landslides or by drowning, the Associated Press reported, citing Philippine National Police officials. "We have lost hope", 40-year-old Mary Anne Baril, whose corn and rice crops were spoiled, told AFP. It forecast the storm to hit the regions of Guizhou, Chongqing and Yunnan on Monday. Phone lines and communication in parts of the province have also been affected.

It has been compared in ferocity to super Typhoon Haiyan which killed more than 7,000 people in 2013. Authorities and residents say they had learned from that experience, and that residents were quicker and more willing to evacuate to shelters.

Schools in the SAR were closed but the Hong Kong Stock Exchange opened as normal.

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