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"We are still counting inventory because many dinghies and kayaks were piled up or lost during powerful waves".

"Mangkhut left more than 600 sections of road blocked by trees and other debris, and at the height of the storm, cranes toppled, scaffolding collapsed and skyscrapers swayed in the wind", NPR's Rob Schmitz reports from Hong Kong.

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Rescuers are scrambling to dig up the landslide site, but they find at least 70 people who are still missing, majority buried alive by a landslide in the mining municipality of Itogon in Benguet province from the northern Philippines.

Over a dozen bodies have been found, while up to 40 more people could be entombed - with very little hope they are alive.

"The Consulate will be monitoring the typhoon situation and will be coordinating with Hong Kong authorities as necessary, and stands ready to provide assistance if needed", the DFA sad. Meanwhile, seven people are missing, including a 3-year-old boy.

The tragedy came as Florence, another major storm, unleashed catastrophic flooding across the Carolinas in the United States, where more than 30 inches of rain since Friday threatened a deluge of historic proportions as the storm slowly crawled inland from the coast.

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The Hong Kong Observatory said Mangkhut was the most powerful storm to hit the city since 1979, packing winds of 121 miles per hour. The area was one of the most affected by floods from Typhoon Hato, which left 10 people dead a year ago.

Angered by the deaths from landslides that some government officials say are exacerbated by illegal mining, President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday reiterated his desire to "close all mining".

The typhoon weakened as it made its way across Southern China and was downgraded to a tropical storm.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Philippine Red Cross have launched an international emergency appeal, seeking 2.7 million Swiss francs (152 million Philippines pesos) to assist 100,000 people for 12 months.

Authorities estimated that most of these people will have to stay at least three more weeks in the centres, where hygiene, sanitation and drinking water conditions were becoming increasingly precarious, according to the Red Cross.

The storm, known locally as Ompong, is the strongest recorded anywhere in the world in 2018 and struck the north-eastern tip of Luzon in the early hours of 15 September with wind gusts of up to 285 km/h.

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