Typhoon Mangkhut hit China and Hong Kong on Sunday, along with the Philippines on Saturday and Sunday. Dozens of people were killed in the Philippines and two were reportedly killed in China. On Saturday Mangkhut tore through northern Philippines. It destroyed houses, leaving people to seek shelter, and buried people in landslides. The strong winds tore roofs off of houses and trees out of the ground.
According to different sources there were approximately fifty to sixty people killed in the Philippines; however, there is no official count just yet. Officials say that there may be dozens more buried in landslides.
On Sunday, the typhoon moved towards mainland China and hit the city Taishan, and then accelerated and moved on to Hong Kong. Hong Kong Airport flights were canceled and Macau casinos, in addition to schools, were shut down for the day. There was flooding and 20,000 homes lost electricity. Flood warnings are still in place for some areas of Hong Kong.
Millions of people evacuated in the Guangdong province in China. Thousands of shelters have been opened and hundreds of construction sites closed down due to collapses caused by the strong winds. In the Philippines alone, more than 250,000 people were impacted by the storm. According to the Associated Press, more than 2.4 million people were relocated.
In the Philippines, the National Food Authority sent out approximately 5,000 bags of rice to agencies to assist people. The Red Cross went on rescue missions and searched for people stuck in floods. The government also plans to send out helicopters and airplanes to help with the rescue.
Meteorologists in Hong Kong gave a signal T10 storm warning, which is the highest storm level. The typhoon, which hit 200 miles per hour and a span of 550 miles, is the most powerful storm of this year. This is stronger than Hurricane Florence that hit the Carolinas in the United States, with Mangkhut strong enough to be a Category 5 hurricane. The storm weakened to a T8 signal, but everyone keeps alert as it is expected to move inland, toward northern Vietnam. The Hong Kong Observatory has said, “As gales and violent squalls are still occurring in places, precautions should not yet be relaxed.”