• Last Update 2022-05-19 21:36:00

Philippines Typhoon Mangkhut wreaks havoc ; death toll upto 74

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Hundreds of Philippine rescuers used shovels and their bare hands Tuesday to sift through a massive landslide where dozens are feared dead in the region worst-hit by deadly Typhoon Mangkhut, as the storm's toll hit 74.

The storm, 2018's most powerful, smashed homes and flooded key agricultural regions in the northern Philippines before battering Hong Kong and southern China with fierce winds and heavy rain.

Rescuers carry a body bag from the Philippines landslide site where dozens are feared buried

The violent typhoon killed four in China's southern province of Guangdong and the toll climbed on Tuesday to 74 on the Philippines' northern Luzon island according to police, with that number expected to rise.

Up to 40 people are still feared buried in the landslide in Itogon, unleashed Saturday as the typhoon stalled over the area and dumped a month's worth of rain in a matter of hours.

The government of the high-rise city described the damage as "severe and extensive" with more than 300 people injured.

-AFP

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