Death toll from Philippines landslide rises to 46

20 September, 2018, 14:28 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Philippine rescuers searched for dozens feared buried under landslide unleashed by Typhoon Mangkhut

The violent storm killed four in China's southern province of Guangdong and the toll rose Tuesday to 74 on the Philippines' northern Luzon island according to police, with that number expected to further climb.

A man sitting on his scooter takes photos of a vehicle which has been damaged by a fallen tree, after Typhoon Mangkhut hit Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China September 17, 2018. The toll could go up and search and rescue missions are continuing.

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan told reporters he had ordered the evacuation of residents but some, including the villagers who sought refuge in the chapel and bunkhouses, refused. The landslide buried an emergency shelter which was being used by miners and their families in the town.

Some victims still managed to send text messages after the landslide hit, Gonzales said, adding elderly women and a child were among the dead. A second landslide blocked any means to escape, leaving the community completely trapped.

"We have to try", he told NBC News. "Right now, we are committed to working hand in hand to help people recover as fast as possible". In the meantime, rescuers trekked down the side of a cliff to get into the unstable area.

In the Philippines, rescuers for the Itogon landslide were hampered by rain and mud.

The chamber, of which Benguet Corp is a member, said mining operators in Ucab had been repeatedly told to leave the area because of the threat of landslides.


In a statement released on Tuesday, Qassemi expressed sorrow over the deaths caused by Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut that battered the USA, the Philippines, and China. He blames rampant illegal mining for the collapse of the mountains.

Hong Kong Security Minister John Lee Ka-chiu urged residents to prepare for the worst.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, damage to the Philippines' agriculture from typhoon Mangkhut ballooned to an estimated 14.3 billion pesos (264.3 million USA dollars).

Four more were killed in China s southern province of Guangdong.

Mangkhut entered China's western Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region as of 11:00p.m. local time on Sunday, moving northwest at a speed of 8mph, Chinese state media reported. It forecast the storm to hit the regions of Guizhou, Chongqing and Yunnan on Monday. The Victoria Harbor witnessed a storm surge of more than 12.8 feet above normal on Sunday. The Hong Kong Observatory said although Mangkhut had weakened slightly, its extensive, intense rainbands were bringing heavy downfall and frequent squalls. Rail, airline and ferry services had been restored and casinos in the gambling enclave of Macau had reopened for business.

Janis Mackey Frayer and Aurora Almendral reported from Itogon; Yuliya Talmazan from London.

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