Rescuers continue to search after Philippine landslide

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Majority are miners who disregarded repeated warnings to evacuate.

The storm later slammed into Hong Kong on Sunday, drenching the island and with blistering winds up to 173 km/h, according to CNN.

Thai Airways International will use larger aircraft to transport its passengers affected by flight cancellations in Hong Kong as Typhoon Mangkhut ripped through the city.

A resident stands beside toppled houses at the site where victims are believed to have been buried by a landslide after Typhoon Mangkhut lashed Itogon, Benguet province, northern Philippines on Monday, September 17, 2018. Dozens of people sought shelter there during the storm despite warnings it was risky. Part of the mountain slope, covered in green foliage, can be seen behind the buildings. Three villagers who managed to escape told authorities what happened. He said he will deploy policemen and soldiers to implement the cease and desist order. 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. They insisted. They were resisting when our police tried to pull them away. "For me, it will just be retrievals", he said.


Twenty deaths in the Cordillera region on the main island of Luzon and four in nearby Nueva Vizcaya province were caused by landslides.

Angered by the deaths from landslides that some government officials say are exacerbated by illegal mining, President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday reiterated his desire to "close all mining". Some residents reported feeling nauseous as their buildings swayed for hours in the high winds.

According to the weather department, the storm is expected to bring more torrential downpour in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong was also buffeted by fierce winds that tore off roofs, downed trees and caused cranes perched atop half-built skyscrapers to swing ominously. "The storm slowed as it made landfall in mainland China's Pearl River Delta region". CGTN's Barnaby Lo filed this report.


In the neighbouring gambling enclave of Macau, all 42 casinos shut down for the first time in its history as the storm approached. The consulate will continue to monitor the welfare of the 227,000 Filipinos in Hong Kong.

In anticipation of the storm, flights were cancelled in Shenzhen and Hainan. While the rain had stopped, rising temperatures hampered rescue efforts. Forty-five other people were missing and 33 were injured in the storm.

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

Numerous missing in the Philippines are gold miners and their families feared buried in a landslide after seeking shelter in a bunkhouse-turned-chapel in a village in Benguet province.


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