A villager officer who accompanied Zambale used a megaphone to warn people that Mangkhut was extraordinarily powerful and everybody should leave, he said.
At a $1 billion insurance market loss, typhoon Mangkhut would be the most costly to ever strike Hong Kong.
Queen Elizabeth has sent a heartfelt letter of condolences to the President of the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut. Malaysians who are now in the affected areas and require consular assistance should contact either the Consulate-General in Hong Kong and Macau respectively.
It was the most powerful typhoon to hit Hong Kong since 1979, packing winds of 195km/h.
The storm shattered glass windows on commercial skyscrapers in Hong Kong, sending sheets of paper pouring out of the buildings, fluttering and spiraling as they headed for the debris-strewn ground, according to several videos posted on social media.
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"This is where I live", he said looking up at the gash the slide left in a towering green hill.
The storm then skirted south of Hong Kong and neighboring gambling hub of Macau before making landfall in China, where four deaths were reported. The government and casinos took extra measures ahead of the storm, determined to avoid a repeat of Typhoon Hato which battered Macau past year, killing 12 people and drawing accusations the city was ill-prepared. (AP/AAP) Cars crushed by trees uprooted by strong winds on a road in Guangzhou city, southern China.
'They can't decide for themselves where to go, ' he said of the children, expressing frustration that the tragedy was not prevented.
TWO Filipino tourists were hurt while 41 others were rescued as Typhoon Mangkhut battered Hong Kong, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday.
As many as 2.45 million people in Guangdong had been relocated on Sunday night, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The city of Shenzhen also canceled all flights between Sunday and early Monday morning.
Announcing the appeal, Chris Staines, Head of IFRC's Philippines Country Office, said, "The situation continues to evolve, and more information will emerge in the coming days as assessments continue".
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.