City faces days of uncertainty as it struggles to recover from Mangkhut


A severe typhoon made landfall in southern China on Sunday, inundating millions in the densely populated coastal cities with heavy rain, after ripping through Hong Kong and leaving at least 64 dead in the northern Philippines.

Residents hunkered down in their apartments, and streets in the usually buzzing city were deserted Sunday.

The Philippines will deploy soldiers and police to stop illegal mining in six mountainous northern provinces in a drastic decision to prevent tragedies like the landslides set off by a typhoon that have buried dozens of poor people, including small-scale miners.

A woman walks along a ruined cycling path destroyed by Typhoon Mangkhut in Tseung Kwan O district in Hong Kong on September 17, 2018.

The storm has carved a deadly trail across the region, killing two people in southern China and at least 54 people in the Philippines.

Authorities in Hong Kong have begun totaling up the damage left behind by Mangkhut, which struck the territory with winds of more than 230 kilometers an hour, prompting officials to declare a Number 10 storm warning, its highest alert.

Hong Kong raised its highest No. 10 typhoon signal at mid-morning as ferocious winds uprooted trees and smashed windows in office and residential buildings.

Mangkhut was still expected to bring heavy rain to Hong Kong, with flood warnings in place for low-lying areas.

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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. Authorities and residents say they had learned from that experience, and that residents were quicker and more willing to evacuate to shelters.

In Hong Kong, a video posted online by residents showed the top corner of an old building break and fall off, while in another video, a tall building swayed as strong winds blew.

The storm caused severe transportation disruptions, with almost 900 flights cancelled in Hong Kong on Sunday, stranding tens of thousands of passengers.

The storm skirted past China's semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong, where Mangkhut's renewed winds reached 117mph, rattling skyscrapers, toppling trees, and tearing scaffolding from construction sites. In the Philippines, where most of the deaths have occurred, a landslide caused by the storm is mainly to blame.

In Macau, next door to Hong Kong, casinos were ordered to close from 11:00pm Saturday, the first time such action was taken in the city. At least 40 people - possibly miners and their families - are believed buried under thick mud caused by nonstop rains last weekend.

The Philippines remains the worst hit, with more than 250,000 people affected by the storm across the country - around half of those seeking shelter in evacuation centers in the country's north. Phone lines and communication in parts of the province have also been affected.

"The storm slowed as it made landfall in mainland China's Pearl River Delta region".

Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde told The Associated Press that 20 people died in the Cordillera mountain region, four in nearby Nueva Vizcaya province and another outside of the two regions.