2 Filipinos hurt, 37 rescued from Mangkhut in Hong Kong: diplomat


Posted at Sep 17 2018 08:31 AM | Updated as of Sep 17 2018 01:58 PM

A man walks as high waves hit the shore at Heng Fa Chuen, a residential district near the waterfront, as Typhoon Mangkhut slams Hong Kong, Sunday. Bobby Yip, Reuters

MANILA -- Two Filipinos in Hong Kong sustained minor injuries while at least 37 others were rescued as Typhoon Mangkhut lashed the Chinese territory after leaving a trail of destruction in the Philippines, a Filipino diplomat said Monday.

The world's biggest storm this year felled trees and sent skyscrapers swaying in Hong Kong, injuring more than 200 people there before making landfall in southern China's Guangdong province.

Two Filipinas hurt by falling debris were declared out of danger, Philippine Consul General to Hong Kong Antonio Morales told ANC.

Thirty-two Filipino tourists were rescued from a tour bus that was stranded on a bridge on its way to the airport where some 800 flights were cancelled, Morales said.

The tour group was brought back to their hotel in the Kowloon area, he said, adding the tourists were in "good condition."

Five Filipina workers were rescued by Hong Kong authorities from a dive resort development, he said.

Morales urged the 220,000 Filipinos in Hong Kong, most of whom are household workers, to avoid going outdoors as clearing operations may "take some time."

Almost all flights in and out of Hong Kong were cancelled. Schools in the city will be shut Monday.

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Mangkhut left large expanses in northern Luzon underwater over the weekend as fierce winds tore trees from the ground and rain unleashed dozens of landslides.

The death toll jumped to 59 on Sunday evening, police said, as more landslide victims were discovered.

Authorities said they would continue efforts in the morning to dig out a group of 2 dozen miners who are feared dead after their bunkhouse was hit by a landslide near the northern city of Baguio.

In the town of Baggao the typhoon demolished houses, tore off roofs and downed power lines. Some roads were cut off by landslides and many remained submerged.

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

"We're already poor and then this happened to us. We have lost hope," 40-year-old Mary Anne Baril, whose corn and rice crops were spoilt.

"We have no other means to survive," she said tearfully.

-- with a report from Agence France-Presse