Dozens dead as Typhoon Mangkhut rips through southeast Asia


At least fifty people have died and over 30 have been injured as Typhoon Mangkhut continued to batter parts of southeast Asia over the weekend

Winds and heavy rains provoked deadly landslides in places including the Philippines, burying people under mud. Officials say the death toll is likely to rise.

“I thought my child wouldn’t survive because cars could not move outside,” said this woman in the Philippines. “My child was all bloody and had fainted, but I still thank God we are all alive and not seriously injured.”

Hong Kong and the rest of Southern China hunkered down under a red alert as the gale force winds caused the churning sea to flood coastal neighbourhoods. Skyscrapers swayed and around 2.5 million people were relocated to safer areas. Winds in Hong Kong reached more than 177km per hour and residents were warned to stay indoors to avoid flying debris.

In neighbouring Macau, the famous casinos were ordered to close for the first time ever.

Mangkhut is expected to weaken to a tropical storm as it moves inland but still has the potential to cause havoc.