Rescuers lose hope of finding more landslide survivors in Luzon

AFP | Rescuers carry a body bag containing the body of a victim of a landslide during heavy rains at the height of Typhoon Mangkhut in Itogon town

AFP | Rescuers carry a body bag containing the body of a victim of a landslide during heavy rains at the height of Typhoon Mangkhut in Itogon town

Episcopal Relief & Development is working with church partners in the Philippines and the region as they assess damage and prepare to respond to communities impacted by Typhoon Mangkhut.

Rescuers carry a body they recovered at the site where victims are believed to have been buried by a landslide after Typhoon Mangkhut lashed Itogon, Benguet province, northern Philippines.

Buguey, Cagayan province, the Philippines (CNN) Rescue efforts ramped up in the Philippines on Sunday to aid a quarter of a million people caught in the path of Typhoon Mangkhut, as authorities said dozens had been killed in the strongest storm of the year. "As the barge was sinking, they chose to abandon ship", he said.

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.

More than 155,000 people remain in evacuation centres in the Philippines two days after Mangkhut - the world s most powerful storm this year - struck, said national police spokesman Benigno Durana.

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In the seaside village of Shek O, which has a mix of local and expatriate residents, volunteers have been clearing roads, bagging up debris and taking washed-up sand in baskets back to its popular beach.

Of the hundreds digging through the debris, many were miners themselves who were looking for friends and relatives, determined to make sure they received a proper burial.

With roads blocked by mud and rocks, rescuers said there was little chance of getting heavy equipment into the valley. In order to prevent such tragedies going forward, Environmental Secretary Roy Cimatu said the government would deploy soldiers and police to stop illegal mining in six mountainous northern provinces, including Benguet.

The storm was about 124 miles west of the city of Nanning in Guangxi region on Monday afternoon, moving in a northwesterly direction and weakening as it progressed.

High-rise buildings swayed from the wind.

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

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

Hong Kong had issued its highest typhoon warning and the storm caused severe air and land transport disruptions.

"This typhoon really was super strong. but overall, I feel we can say we got through it safely", Carrie Lam, the territory's chief executive, told reporters.

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