This viral Twitter thread shows 'world's strongest storm' Typhoon Mangkhut

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 19, 2018

The Japanese government also vowed to provide the maximum possible assistance to the Philippine government to help those affected by the typhoon.

Mangkhut, a super typhoon that slammed into the northern Philippine province of Luzon on Saturday, continued a path of destruction across southern China on Sunday and into Monday.In the Philippines, the police on Monday gave an unofficial death toll of 66 people nationwide, though that number was nearly certain to rise.

A Philippine national police report said the death toll as of Monday midday was 65, with 43 people missing and 64 injured.

The storm was still affecting southern China's coast and the provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan, and rain and strong winds were expected to continue through today.

Bus, ferry and rail services were suspended and nearly 900 flights were cancelled at the city's airport, one of the world's busiest.

The storm later slammed into Hong Kong on Sunday, drenching the island and with blistering winds up to 173 km/h, according to CNN. In the Philippines 50 people, gold miners and their families, who were sheltering in a chapel in Benguet province are feared buried in a landslide.

"There were trees down all over the place, no cars, no buses", said lawyer David Milligan, who works in Hong Kong's commercial hub of Central.

Mangkhut, the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines in two years and also the strongest across the world so far this year, swept through Luzon Island, north of the country on September 15.

"I am 99 percent sure the people there are dead", said Victorio Palangdan, the municipal mayor.

Palangdan said rescuers have recovered 11 bodies from the muddy avalanche, which covered a former bunkhouse for the miners that had been turned into a chapel. Officials earlier said that they were looking for up to 100 people - mostly local miners and their families.

One estimate suggested that a single day's shutdown for Hong Kong could cost the city as much as $930 million in economic activity. Late afternoon Sunday, Mangkhut made landfall in Guangdong, China's most populous province, where ferocious winds of up to 107 miles per hour tore off roofs from buildings, and caused serious flooding in low-lying areas.

In the city of Zhuhai, a stone s throw from Macau, volunteers and police pulled fallen trees and debris off highways.

Police and soldiers were among the hundreds of rescuers with shovels and picks searching for the missing along a mountainside as grief-stricken relatives waited nearby, many of them praying quietly.

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