Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Typhoon Mangkhut: EU announces 2 million euros in aid to Philippines

Typhoon Mangkhut: EU announces 2 million euros in aid to Philippines

Dozens of residents sought shelter there during the storm Saturday despite warnings it was risky.

The Mayor of the town has said that it's unlikely any of the dozens of people thought to be buried will be found alive.

Mangkhut weakened from a typhoon to a tropical storm as it moved deeper into southern China on Monday, leaving death and destruction from Hong Kong to the Philippines. More than 1,500 people sought shelter in temporary government relief centers and 391 were reported injured, according to Hong Kong broadcaster RTHK. After tearing through Luzon and pummelling Hong Kong and Macau, the storm made landfall in mainland China late Sunday, killing four in Guangdong province, including three hit by falling trees.

A man sitting on his scooter takes photos of a auto which has been damaged by a fallen tree, after Typhoon Mangkhut hit Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China September 17, 2018. About 291,000 were forced to flee their homes as the storm tore across the island of Luzon, an agricultural area in the archipelago's far north, with winds gusting up to 158 miles per hour, equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane.

The financial hub of Hong Kong began clearing up on Monday after being battered by one of the strongest typhoons in recent years, with financial markets and offices operating as normal.

Many of those buried in Itogon were small-scale gold miners and their families who took refuge in a building abandoned by a large mining firm.

ITOGON, Philippines - They're eerie photographs, probably the final images of a few Filipino villagers standing placidly outside low-slung buildings a day before the green mountainside behind them collapsed on that spot.

The national police said most of the fatalities were recorded in Luzon island's Cordillera mountain region, which was badly hit by landslides.

At least 200 people, including experts and volunteers, have been working since Sunday to rescue those trapped and as of Tuesday night had recovered 19 bodies by digging with picks and shovels in the mud as heavy machinery could not reach the area. "As the barge was sinking, they chose to abandon ship", he said. "This is lucrative, even if it's hard, but when we earn, it's enough and can sustain our family", Ngipol said.

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.

In Macau, badly hit by a super typhoon a year ago, authorities were more prepared this time around and ordered casinos to close late on Saturday night as the storm approached.

Tolentino, who was assigned by Duterte to help coordinate disaster response, said at least two other people were missing.

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