Deadly storm: a look at super typhoon Mangkhut’s path of destruction
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Deadly storm: a look at super typhoon Mangkhut’s path of destruction

SUPER TYPHOON Mangkhut, which pummelled across the northern Philippines before hitting Hong Kong and Shenzen, China over the weekend left wide-scale devastation in its wake, with authorities scrambling to rescue stranded survivors in some affected parts, and undertaking a huge cleanup in others.

According to the AFP, in the Philippines, hundreds of rescuers used shovels and their bare hands on Tuesday to sift through a massive landslide, with dozens feared dead in the region worst-hit by the typhoon as the death toll climbed to 74.

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Rescuers carry a body bag containing the body of a victim of landslide during heavy rains at the height of Typhoon Mangkhut in Itogon town, Benguet province north of Manila on Sept 18, 2018.  Source: AFP

Up to 40 people are still feared buried in the landslide in Itogon, in the Philippines as the typhoon stalled over the Itogon and dumped a month’s worth of rain in a matter of hours.

The rescue involved some 300 police, soldiers, firefighters and volunteers armed mostly with hand tools raced to remove rocks, mud, debris and drain water from collapsed buildings, hoping to find some signs of life after 13 bodies were pulled out, Reuters reported.

After smashing homes and flooding key agricultural regions in the Philippines’ northern Luzon Island, the typhoon, the most powerful seen in 2018, battered Hong Kong and southern China with fierce winds and heavy rain.

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A woman stands before a collapsed building of a school next to a beach in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut in the coastal village of Shek O in Hong Kong on September 18, 2018. Source: AFP

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On Tuesday, Hong Kong was still struggling to get back on its feet with a massive clean-up operation to clear broken trees, repair torn-up roads and fix damaged power lines.

The violent storm killed four in Shenzen, which is situated in China’s southern province of Guangdong.

Hong Kong escaped without any fatalities when the storm hit Sunday. 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.

 

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A man sitting on his scooter takes photos of a car which has been damaged by a fallen tree, after Typhoon Mangkhut hit Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China September 17, 2018. Source: Reuters

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

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Damaged vessels are seen after Super Typhoon Mangkhut hit Hong Kong, China Sept 18, 2018. Source: Reuters

Teachers, refugees, children and office workers were mobilised in the city on Tuesday for a massive clean-up.

Around 40 local volunteers set to work in the seafront eastern residential neighbourhood of Tseung Kwan O.

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A group of volunteers pick up debris on the promenade in Tseung Kwan O district in the aftermath of super Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 18, 2018. Source: AFP