Over 54 people in the Philippines have died as the strongest storm of the year, Typhoon Mangkhut continues to ravage across SouthEast Asia, wreaking damage also in Hong Kong and now Mainland China.
Most of the deaths in the Philippines are said to have been caused by a landslide with many remaining trapped in the deluge, mainly in the Cordilerra Administrative Region of northern Luzon.
CNN reports that about 250,000 people in the Philippines have been rendered homeless due to the storm.
In Hong Kong, however, winds of 173 kilometers per hour (107 miles per hour) and gusts of up to 223 kph (138 mph) were reported, stronger than Hurricane Florence that hit North Carolina over the weekend. No deaths were reported in the city as it is prepared for such magnitude of hit.
The storm made landfall over China’s Guangdong Province, one of China’s most populous provinces, at 5 p.m. local time, killing two people, according to state media CCTV. More than 100,000 people have reportedly been evacuated from the area and 3,777 shelters set up.
Social media has been awash with videos showing the wind ravage various parts:
— The Philippine Star (@PhilippineStar) September 16, 2018