Monday, 10 December, 2018

Philippine villagers refused to flee storm

Smashed panes
Skyscrapers were
left windowless
in Hong Kong by
127mph winds PIC AP Shattered Typhoon Mangkhut’s trail of destruction by Joel Taylor Published
Glenn Montgomery | 20 September, 2018, 10:17

Dozens of people sought shelter there during the storm despite warnings it was unsafe.

Police said 55 remain missing and more than 70 were wounded.

Numerous losses were suffered in the town of Itogon in the Philippines' mountainous northern province of Benguet, where 34 villagers died and 36 remained missing Monday.

About 87,000 people had evacuated from high-risk areas of the Philippines.

As the storm ripped through the Philippines, on September 15, footage emerged of the raging floodwaters that had wrecked homes and triggered landslides.

"While I said there is a 99-percent chance that all of them are dead, there is still that one-percent chance", Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan told AFP.

Filmed in Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong, the video shows Typhoon Mangkhut slamming into the city.

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. "As the barge was sinking, they chose to abandon ship", he said.

Debris Scaffolding torn from Hong Kong buildings
Debris Scaffolding torn from Hong Kong buildings

Philippine Presidential Adviser Francis Tolentino, who was appointed by the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for preparation and response efforts of super typhoon Mangkhut, said that rescue operations will continue to look for possible survivors in the Itogon landslide.

The South China Morning Post has reported that an assessor forecasts insured losses of more than $1 billion in Hong Kong alone from typhoon Mangkhut and said that the storm could cause people and businesses to look again at the resilience of their properties.

Winds of up to 127mph have left a trail of death and destruction from China to the Philippines. He expressed sadness that the villagers, many of them poor, had few options to survive in a region where big corporations have profited immensely from gold mines.

In Macau, badly hit by a super typhoon previous year, authorities were much more prepared this time, ordering casinos to close late on Saturday night as the storm approached. The landslide buried an emergency shelter which was being used by miners and their families in the town.

The typhoon weakened as it made its way across Southern China and was downgraded to a tropical storm.

The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) raised the storm signal to T10 - the highest level possible - Sunday morning local time, with the city nearly entirely shut down.

"Since we lived in the worldwide dorm, all of the global students banded together and were pretty much landlocked since you can't go outside because the winds are so violent", Sellers said.

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