Typhoon: Lots of casualties and injuries from "Magkhut"

Magkhut has caused destruction in the Philippines, but also in China and Hong Kong.
 The Philippine authorities assume at least 100 deaths. Two people were killed in China as well.
 Large parts of the south coast and the metropolis of Hong Kong almost came to a standstill. In 7,000 households in the metropolis, at times, the electricity was cut off. More than 200 people were injured.



    Many victims and injured, significant damage to buildings and roads: Typhoon Magkhut has fully exploited its destructive power in Southeast Asia over the weekend. The hitherto strongest hurricane of the year hit the Philippines particularly hard, where the authorities have so far estimated about 100 fatalities.


    A landslide buried a barrack inhabited by miners, the mayor of Itogon City in the north of the country said Sunday on Philippine radio – there were at least 40 people in the house. 32 other residents of his city were probably also killed. Previously, the authorities from other parts of the country had reported 29 dead. Most of them were probably killed by landslides.

Philippines fight against supertaifun "Mangkhut"
                With gusts of up to 300 kilometers per hour, the storm hits the north of the country. 13 people die. The full extent of the destruction is not yet known.
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In China, there were also victims of the typhoon: According to the state television station CGTN, at least two people died in Guangdong province. Large parts of the south coast as well as the metropolis of Hong Kong almost completely came to a standstill on Sunday. Hundreds of flights were canceled, local traffic was severely restricted. More than 2.4 million people were brought to safety, Chinese state media reported.


    The television showed images of flooded roads and heavy rains that were discharging over the region. Heavy wind knocked down trees, destroyed windows and collapsed scaffolding. In Hong Kong alone, more than 200 people were injured. In some 7,000 households in the city at times the electricity fell out.


    Authorities want to restore electricity and water supplies on Monday


    In the Philippines, 24 of the victims were from the northern Cordillera region, including a family of six, whose house in Baguio was buried by a landslide. In Kalinga province, a man was killed by a falling boulder. Some of the victims resisted the evacuation order, a government adviser told President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to Tuguegarao – one of the hardest hit cities. "All the authorities have done their utmost to push the evacuations, but some regions are really remote." On Monday they will begin to restore the electricity and water supply.


    The Catholic aid organization Misereor and the Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe called for donations for the people in the Philippines. "Our teams are currently on the move, but the ongoing rains make it difficult to access the affected areas, and once we have access, we can distribute relief supplies," said Michael Frischmuth, Diaconia's disaster relief representative for Asia. In the north of the island nation, dozens of roads and bridges were impassable due to landslides, floods and fallen trees and masts.


    On Saturday morning, the typhoon was hit by heavy rains with full force in the north of the Philippines hit land, nearly 400 kilometers north of the capital Manila. He weakened slightly with wind speeds of 170 kilometers per hour. Gusts reached 285 kilometers per hour.


    The Philippines are hit by about 20 typhoons each year. One of the strongest in recent years, Haiyan was in November 2013. At that time, more than 6300 people died, over four million people lost their homes.

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                        The hurricane slows down and is only considered a tropical storm. Still, he is dangerous. At least five people have already been killed. Including a mother and her baby, who were killed by a tree that fell on their house.