At least two dead in Guangdong after Typhoon Mangkhut hits China

Typhoon kills two in Philippines, one off Taiwan

Hong Kong raises typhoon alert to highest level as Mangkhut closes in

More than 1,400 flights had been cancelled across the region, according to Flight Aware. All high-speed and some normal rail services in Guangdong and Hainan provinces were also halted, the China Railway Guangzhou Group Co. said.

Typhoon Mangkhut weakened to a tropical storm on Monday morning as it moved deeper into southern China, where rain and strong winds were expected to continue through Tuesday.

The storm also broke windows, felled trees, tore bamboo scaffolding off buildings under construction and flooded areas with sometimes waist-high waters, according to the South China Morning Post.

As the storm passed south of Hong Kong, trees were snapped in half and roads blocked, while some windows in tower blocks were smashed and skyscrapers swayed, as they are created to do in intense gales. "Each department must have a sense of crisis, make a comprehensive assessment and plan, and prepare for the worst".

Major airlines had been forced to scrap flights on Sunday, with Hong Kong International Airport suffering acute travel disruptions with almost 900 flights being delayed or canceled.

They opened again on Monday but Macau was still in recovery mode after severe flooding hit parts of the city, forcing emergency workers to rescue people from shops and homes using boats and jetskis. It's only the 15th time in the last 60 years that a storm has been classified as T10; the last was for Super Typhoon Hato last year.

Typhoon Mangkhut battered the northern Philippines on Saturday before slamming into southern China on Sunday.

Numerous losses were suffered in the town of Itogon in the Philippines' mountainous northern province of Benguet, where 34 villagers died and 36 remained missing Monday.

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.

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"They thought they were really safe there", the mayor said Sunday.

Of the 40 to 50 miners and their families believed inside the chapel, there is a "99 percent" chance that they all were killed, said Mayor Victorio Palangdan of Itogon, the Benguet province town that was among the hardest hit by the typhoon that struck Saturday.

Tacio, who was at the scene of the landslide earlier Sunday, says rescuers found another man but could not immediately pluck his body, which was pinned by rocks and mud.

Rescuers continued searching for survivors on Monday.

Philippine and Chinese authorities said Monday that the death toll from a massive typhoon had risen to at least 69, with dozens of people still missing. About 150,000 people were in temporary shelters when the storm hit.

Still, the Philippines appeared to have been spared the high number of casualties many had feared.

Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde told The Associated Press that 20 people died in the Cordillera mountain region, four in nearby Nueva Vizcaya province and another outside of the two regions.

Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in Haiyan town at 5pm on Sunday (Sep 16).

Farms across northern Luzon, which produces much of the nation's rice and corn, were sitting under muddy floodwater, their crops ruined just a month before harvest.

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