Typhoon Mangkhut Wreaks Havoc In Asia
Typhoon Mangkhut continues to rage and cause destruction and fatalities in the Philippines, China, and Hong Kong. In the Philippines, more than 60 people have been killed, mostly in landslides after by heavy rains, with the majority in Benguet province.
Rescuers are digging through mud to recover bodies. At least 32 people in the mining town of Itogon, in Benguet province, were crushed in a single shelter, according to the BBC.
"Teams are raking through the rubble with their bare hands, passing blocks of concrete and pieces of wood down a 50 ft line to clear the area," according to the BBC report.
Meanwhile, CNN reports, more than three million people have been evacuated in southern China as Typhoon Mangkhut blew northward and continued to leave a train of destruction across the region.
Mangkhut reached land in Guangdong, China's most populous region, late afternoon Sunday, killing four people before racing west into neighboring Guangxi province around midnight.
"The decision to evacuate towns and cities in southern China came as Hong Kong was left reeling by ferocious winds of up to 173 kilometers per hour (107 miles per hour) and gusts of up to 223 kph (138 mph)," according to the CNN report.
The storm lifted roofs and scaffolding from skyscrapers, smashed windows, shook high-rise buildings and caused flooding in low-lying areas as waves of more than 3 meters (9.8 feet) whipped the coast.
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