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Hope fades in Philippines for dozens buried in Typhoon Mangkhut landslides

18 September 2018

More than 1,400 flights had been cancelled across the region, according to Flight Aware. All high-speed train services and some normal-speed rail services have been suspended in Guangdong and Hainan provinces.

In Hong Kong on Monday, crews were clearing fallen trees and other wreckage left when the financial hub felt the full brunt of the storm on Sunday.

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

The Marine Department announced Monday morning that that the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan, the China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, and the Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal in Tuen Mun have been reopened. There were no reported deaths in Hong Kong, a city well prepared for tropical cyclones. It's only the 15th time in the last 60 years that a storm has been classified as T10; the last was for Super Typhoon Hato last year.

People travel through a flooded road brought about by Typhoon Mangkhut, which hit the northern Philippines on Saturday.

That warning followed Mangkhut's devastating march through the northern Philippines on Saturday with sustained winds of 127 miles per hour.

As many as 2.45 million people in Guangdong province had been relocated on Sunday night, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Palangdan said rescuers had dug out 11 bodies from a muddy mound covering a former miners' bunkhouse which had been turned into a chapel.

"That was not an authorized evacuation center", Palangdan said, but expressed sadness that the villagers, many of them poor miners, had few options to survive in a region where big corporations have profited immensely from gold mines.

Officials in the mining town of Itogon said a landslide there buried at least 40 miners and their families.

Tacio, who was at the scene of the landslide earlier Sunday, says rescuers found another man but could not immediately pluck his body, which was pinned by rocks and mud. Airlines were expected to resume operations on Monday, but authorities have warned that it would take more than a day to clear the backlog of the some 800 canceled flights.

While the death toll is now 54, with 32 people injured and 42 more missing, this is likely to rise in the coming days as rescue teams work to locate 36 people believed to be buried beneath landslides in the Cordillera Administrative Region, in the north of Luzon island.

The AP reports that the storm has killed at least 66 people in the Philippines. The national police also say 45 other people are missing and 33 were injured in the massive storm, which battered the northern Philippines on Saturday.

Still, the Philippines appeared to have been spared the high number of casualties many had feared.

Super Typhoon Mangkhut tore through Asia over the weekend, its destructive power caught in videos of swaying buildings, shattered skyscrapers, and dramatic rescues. About 63,000 people have been affected, and the damage has not yet been fully assessed as numerous worst-hit areas are rural.

The storm made landfall in mainland China late Sunday, killing four in Guangdong including three hit by falling trees. Around two to three storms will make landfall in Vietnam and batter the central region, they said.

Hope fades in Philippines for dozens buried in Typhoon Mangkhut landslides