Philippines typhoon: Search ongoing for landslide victims, death toll rises to 74

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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.

High-rise buildings swayed from the wind.

In Hong Kong, crews were clearing fallen trees and other wreckage left when the financial hub felt the full brunt of the storm on Sunday.

The Guangdong civil affairs department has opened 3,777 emergency shelters to help people needing refuge in severe weather, and relocated 100,000 people from disaster-prone areas.

Typhoons hit the Philippines around 19 times in a year, bringing strong winds and heavy rains, resulting in flooding, great damage to crops, houses and buildings, and deaths.

The skyline of the business district is silhouetted at sunset as typhoon Mangkhut is approaching Hong Kong Saturday.

Twelve bodies have been recovered from the debris, local officials said Monday.

The death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon Mangkhut has climbed to 81 and could hit a triple-digit figure as searchers are still looking for missing people, Philippine authorities said on September 19.

A scene of damaged crops following the landfall of typhoon Mangkhut
Jes Aznar /Getty A scene of damaged crops following the landfall of typhoon Mangkhut

The mayor of Itogon told The Associated Press the miners and their families had been warned that the structure wasn't safe, but that many people had sought shelter there nonetheless.

Authorities reported more than 1,500 reports of fallen trees and over 500 reports of broken windows, totals that far exceed those seen after typhoon Hato struck Hong Kong a year ago. He said nothing bad will happen to him and that once the rain stops, he will go up.

The China Meteorological Administration said the typhoon, dubbed "King of Storms", swept west to Guangxi province at 6 a.m. (2200 GMT on Sunday) and weakened to a "tropical storm".

A YOUNG FAMILY from Kerry have described their experience of being caught up in the "super typhoon" that hit Hong Kong in the previous days.

As more than 300 rescuers, including police and soldiers, used shovels and picks to search for the missing, Zambale said he still remembers the faces of the villagers he tried to convince to flee.

Authorities estimated that most of these people will have to stay at least three more weeks in the centres, where hygiene, sanitation and drinking water conditions were becoming increasingly precarious, according to the Red Cross.

In the north of Luzon, an island that produces much of the nation's rice and corn, farms are flooded with muddy water.

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