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.
To be fair, the government deserves credit for having taken substantial precautionary measures such as holding an interdepartmental press conference to alert the public, which was rather rare, as well as evacuating people from coastal and low-lying areas such as Lei Yue Mun and Tai O before Mangkhut arrived. In China, at least four people were killed as of Monday, according to the state news media.
Rail, airline and ferry services have been restored and casinos in the gambling enclave of Macau have reopened for business.
Philippine officials have said in the past that gold mines tunneled by big mining companies legally or by unauthorized individuals and small outfits have made the hillsides unstable and more prone to landslides.
Numerous missing in the Philippines are gold miners and their families feared buried in a landslide after seeking shelter in a bunkhouse-turned-chapel in a village in Benguet province.
This yacht was washed up on a sea wall in Hong Kong.
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.
On Tuesday, the death toll due to Mangkhut climbed to 74 in the Philippines as rescue teams continued to search for dozens of people buried in an abandoned mine, which collapsed owing to landslides. Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan said that at the height of the typhoon's onslaught Saturday afternoon, dozens of people, mostly miners and their families, rushed into an old three-story building in the village of Ucab.
Tearful families surrounded a whiteboard bearing names of the dead and missing as others inspected recovered bodies for signs these could be their loved ones.
"They laughed at our policemen", he said. However, there were no reported deaths in Hong Kong, a city well prepared for tropical cyclones.
Police and soldiers were among the hundreds of rescuers with shovels and picks searching for the missing along a mountainside as grief-stricken relatives waited nearby, many of them praying quietly.
Itogon in Benguet province is a mining town in the north of the country and many surviving miners have volunteered to help clear up debris.