Typhoon Mangkhut insured losses in Hong Kong could reach $1bn

World Dream arrived Monday at Hong Kong's Kai Tak Cruise Terminal where nothing was amiss

World Dream arrived Monday at Hong Kong's Kai Tak Cruise Terminal where nothing was amiss

Pio Badangayon cries while seeing the body of her son-in-law Edwin Banawol after it was retrieved by rescuers at the site where victims are believed to have been buried by a landslide after Typhoon Mangkhut lashed Itogon, Benguet province, northern Philippines.

But more than 300 were injured as buildings were rocked, windows smashed, coastal areas pounded by towering waves and more than 1,000 trees were felled.

Despite its reputation for a dog-eat-dog competitive focus, Hong Kong residents said the storm had given a rare opportunity for solidarity.

Philippine Consul General to Hong Kong Antonio Morales said on Monday that two Filipinos sustained minor injuries while at least 37 others were rescued as Typhoon "Mangkhut" or "Ompong" pounded the former British colony after devastating the Philippines. Malaysians who are now in the affected areas and require consular assistance should contact either the Consulate-General in Hong Kong and Macau respectively.

The Hong Kong Observatory reported Mangkhut was the most powerful cyclone to hit the city since 1979, packing maximum sustained gusts of 121 miles per hour.

The storm later slammed into Hong Kong on Sunday, drenching the island and with blistering winds up to 173 km/h, according to CNN.

Philippine officials have said in the past that gold mines tunneled by big mining companies legally or by unauthorized individuals and small outfits have made the hillsides unstable and more prone to landslides.

The storm is now making its way across mainland China after pummeling Hong Kong, forcing almost three million people to be moved to safety.

'They can't decide for themselves where to go, ' he said of the children, expressing frustration that the tragedy was not prevented.

After a day of transport chaos in the immediate aftermath of the storm, schools were closed for a second day as authorities worked to restore rail and bus services. The storm later made landfall in China's Guangdong province, where it has killed at least four people.

Tearful families surrounded a whiteboard bearing names of the dead and missing as others inspected recovered bodies in an attempt to identify their loved ones. But on Tuesday they were digging for their colleagues and relatives buried under a vast landslide unleashed by Typhoon Mangkhut. (AP/AAP) Cars crushed by trees uprooted by strong winds on a road in Guangzhou city, southern China.

In anticipation of the storm, flights were cancelled in Shenzhen and Hainan.

"Those who are visiting or living in the affected areas are advised to remain indoors and continue to monitor the latest weather updates, as well as safety advice from the local authorities", said Wisma Putra.

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