Typhoon Mangkhut: at least 12 dead in Philippines as super storm heads to China

Super Typhoon Mangkhut hit the Philippines wind speed of 205 kilometres per hour leaving at least 12 dead.

Typhoon Mangkhut hit the northern Philippines with destructive winds and heavy rains that caused landslides and destroyed homes, leaving at least 12 people dead.

The fiercest typhoon to hit the disaster-prone Philippines this year crashed to the ground before dawn on Saturday in Cagayan province on the northeastern tip of Luzon Island.

A government worker picks up pieces of a structure destroyed by the strong typhoon Mangkhut while sweeping the city of Tuguegarao in Cagayan province.

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China and the Philippines agreed to postpone the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, which would begin on Sunday due to the onslaught, which caused the cancellation of about 150 flights, a third of them international. and stopped the trip by sea.

The presidential adviser Francis Tolentino said that the 12 died mainly in landslides and in houses that were hit by the strong winds and the rain of the storm.

Among those killed was a baby and a two-year-old boy who died with their parents after the couple refused to evacuate their high-risk community immediately in a mountain town in Nueva Vizcaya province, Tolentino said.

He said that at least two other people were missing and the number of victims could rise to at least 16 once other victim reports were verified.

Travelers defy the rain and strong winds in Manila, Philippines.

Travelers defy the rain and strong winds in Manila, Philippines.

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Mayor Mauricio Domogan said at least three people were killed and six others disappeared in the mountainous city of Baguio after strong winds and rains destroyed several houses and caused landslides, which also blocked roads to the famous holiday destination.

Authorities were verifying the drowning of three people, including two children who reportedly died as the typhoon approached.

According to reports, some 70 men returned to their coastal village in Cagayan to control their homes as the typhoon approached Friday, but Tolentino said he had not received any reports from the men in an accident.

Sustained winds from Mangkhut weakened at 170 km / h, with gusts of up to 255 km / h, after they cut northwest through Luzon before flying into the South China Sea, targeting Hong Kong and other parts of the country. South of China.

Around 87,000 people were evacuated from high-risk areas of the Philippines.

Tolentino and other officers advised them not to return home until the danger had passed.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan said at least three people were killed and six others disappeared in the mountainous city of Baguio after strong winds and rains destroyed several houses and caused landslides, which also blocked roads to the famous holiday destination.

Authorities were verifying the drowning of three people, including two children who reportedly died as the typhoon approached.

According to reports, some 70 men returned to their coastal village in Cagayan to control their homes as the typhoon approached Friday, but Tolentino said he had not received any reports from the men in an accident.

Sustained winds from Mangkhut weakened at 170 km / h, with gusts of up to 255 km / h, after they cut northwest through Luzon before flying into the South China Sea, targeting Hong Kong and other parts of the country. South of China.

Around 87,000 people were evacuated from high-risk areas of the Philippines.

Tolentino and other officers advised them not to return home until the danger had passed.

Many shops and houses were damaged, but most of the residents stayed indoors because occasional bursts of small pieces of tin and other debris flew dangerously.

The terminal of the Tuguegarao airport was badly damaged, the roof and the glass windows were shattered by the strong winds that also pushed chairs, tables and papers inside, said Lorenzana.

The lifeguards head to the lower areas of Manila under heavy rains and strong winds caused by Typhoon Mangkhut.

The lifeguards head to the lower areas of Manila under heavy rains and strong winds caused by Typhoon Mangkhut.

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