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Mangkhut Hits Philippines, Killing Two

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Mangkhut Hits Philippines, Killing Two

At least two people have been killed in a massive storm that brought destruction to the northern Philippines.

The storm, Typhoon Mangkhut, raged through the Philippines' main island of Luzon, and is now moving west towards China.

Mangkhut, the strongest storm of 2018 so far made landfall on the northern tip of the island of Luzon, at about 1:40 a.m. local time.

Almost all buildings in the city of Tuguegarao were damaged to some extent, a government official said, and communications were disrupted in places.

More than 4 million people were in the way of the storm, which unleashed winds of 185 km/h (115 mph).

Thousands were evacuated in view of warnings of 6 m (20 ft) storm surges.

In the first confirmed deaths, two rescuers were killed trying to help people trapped in a landslide, according to the BBC. Both victims were women, killed when a rain-drenched hillside collapsed on them, according to the French news agency AFP.

Although the death toll is likely to rise, authorities heaved a sigh of relief in the Philippines that the damage was not as severe as feared.

"Honestly, we were expecting the worst from this," Edgar Posadas, a spokesperson for the National Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) told CNN.