Mangkhut: Deadly super typhoon makes landfall in China

Rescue workers are searching for dozens of people feared dead

State television broadcaster CGTN reported that surging waves flooded a seaside hotel in the city of Shenzhen.

Groceries flew off the shelves of supermarkets in the provincial capital of Guangzhou as residents stocked up in preparation for being confined at home by the typhoon, China's official Xinhua News Agency said.

While Hong Kong raised the highest alert for the storm, China raised a yellow, level 2 alert, on its four-level scale.

Hundreds of flights were canceled.

Mangkhut is now expected to move inland of western Guangdong.

It has weakened from a typhoon to a tropical storm but was still affecting southern China's coast and the provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan and 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.

Hong Kong authorities were surveying the extent of Typhoon Mangkhut's damage to this city of 7.3 million as winds of up to 190 km an hour shook buildings, caused storm surges and fell trees across roads and pavements.

Economic losses in Hong Kong and across China could reach $50 billion and $16 billion to $20 billion in the Philippines, said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler for Enki Research in Savannah, Ga., told Bloomberg. "Each department must have a sense of crisis, make a comprehensive assessment and plan, and prepare for the worst".

As roads and tunnels were left clogged with debris by Monday, a massive cleanup was started in Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong airport - one of the most important global transit hubs - was closed, with over 500 flights cancelled and some 100,000 passengers affected, according to a Bloomberg report.

In Hong Kong, over 200 people were brought to the hospital for treatment, while 17 were reportedly injured in neighboring Macau. 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.

The European Union (EU) has expressed its readiness to assist the Philippines in the recovery and relief operations due to the destruction caused by Typhoon "Ompong", the European Delegation in Manila said.

That warning followed Mangkhut's devastating march through the northern Philippines on Saturday with sustained winds of 205 km/h.

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.

The victims had sought refuge in a church during the typhoon - but Lt Gen Salamat said they were told to flee the town.

Rescuers continued searching for survivors on Monday. Men used pikes and shovels to dig into the mud because the soaked ground was unstable and limited the use of heavy equipment on site.

Officials say Typhoon Mangkhut hit the Philippines with winds of at least 205 kilometers an hour.

The hardest-hit province was Benguet, where 38 people died, mostly in two landslides, and 37 are missing, the police said.

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

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