Typhoon Mangkhut: EU announces 2 million euros in aid to Philippines

Glen Norman
September 20, 2018

A Philippine mayor said Monday that it's unlikely any of the dozens of people thought buried in a huge landslide set off by Typhoon Mangkhut will be found alive, though rescuers were still digging through the massive mound of mud and debris covering a chapel where they had sheltered.

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.

The EU on Tuesday announced an emergency aid package worth two million euros to help victims of typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines.

Even before the storm hit, the hilly region was primed for landslides after a month of monsoon rains saturated the soil.

Mangkhut also felled trees, tore bamboo scaffolding off buildings under construction and flooded some areas of Hong Kong with waist-high waters, according to the South China Morning Post.

The Queen has sent a message of support to the president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte following the death and destruction caused by Typhoon Mangkhut. "As the barge was sinking, they made a decision to abandon ship", he said.

In the town of Itogon alone, Palangdan said at least 39 people died due to landslides in different barangays, while 65 people remain missing.

The storm, which is being called the world's strongest of the year, is predicted to finally weaken as it continues to move inland through Asia in the days ahead.

It's not immediately clear how many residents were trapped in Naga city, where rescuers were treading carefully in small groups on the unstable ground to avoid further casualties.

The death toll climbed to 20 as authorities found the body of a one-year-old boy who was swept away after his mother drove into floodwaters and lost her grip on him while trying to get back to dry land, and an 88-year-old man's auto was swept off a road. "But I just hope we can dig up his body", Mr Payadon said.

"This typhoon really was super strong ... but overall, I feel we can say we got through it safely", Carrie Lam, the territory's chief executive, told reporters. "They were resisting when our police tried to pull them away".

Senior Inspector Heherson Zambale, who is seen in the photographs, told the AP that he and other officials were trying to persuade village leader Edwin Banawol to evacuate the high-risk mountainside area on Friday with dozens of mostly small-scale gold miners and their families. Typhoon Mangkhut battered through the Philippines over the weekend, according to BBC News.

Global cruise calls are back on track at Hong Kong after the territory was battered by the worst storm of the year on Sunday with gusts of up to 160 mph/ 257 km/h reported.

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