Rescuers continue to search after Philippine landslide

Philippines halts risky mining in mountains hit by typhoon

Gov. Crescencio Carino Pacalso of Benguet province told CNN most of those missing are believed to be miners operating in small villages in the municipality of Itogon.

Typhoon Mangkhut, with sustained winds of around 124 miles per hour and gusts of up to around 200 miles per hour, barreled past the northern tip of the Philippines this weekend, killing at least 54 people.

Mazzone said her cousins live in the province of Cagayan, where at least three deaths have been reported and buildings have been damaged. The government and casinos took extra measures ahead of the storm, determined to avoid a repeat of Typhoon Hato which battered Macau a year ago, killing 12 people and drawing accusations the city was ill-prepared. In the mining town of Itogon in the north of the island nation, hundreds of rescue workers using shovels and sometimes their bare hands battled treacherous conditions and heat to search for survivors after the typhoon's heavy rains triggered two landslides.

Genting added that Star Cruises" Star Pisces, which homeports at Hong Kong's Ocean Terminal, also "rode out the typhoon at a safe distance away from the storm and is scheduled to resume service this evening (Monday)'.

Officials put the number of injured at more than 200.

"Our place is newly renovated, if we left we would lose everything", said one resident who gave his name as Mr Ng.

But rescuers are still digging through the massive mound of mud and debris covering a chapel where they had sheltered. In the meantime, rescuers trekked down the side of a cliff to get into the unstable area.

"We will not stop until we recover all the bodies", Palangdan said.

The chamber, of which Benguet Corp is a member, said mining operators in Ucab had been repeatedly told to leave the area because of the threat of landslides.

The Philippine Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte is thinking of banning mining.

Four more were killed in China s southern province of Guangdong.

The storm moved on to China, first striking Hong Kong.

Resident Jennifer Pollard said it was the worst storm she had seen in 19 years of living there.

Insurance and reinsurance market losses from the impact of typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong alone could reach as much as $1 billion, according to a report from local media.

Authorities reported more than 1,500 reports of fallen trees and over 500 reports of broken windows, totals that far exceed those seen after typhoon Hato struck Hong Kong previous year.

"I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to the government of the Philippines and its people on the damages from Typhoon Ompong in the Northern Philippines", Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said in a message delivered to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano "The Government of Japan stands with the government of the Philippines and its people and is ready to provide the maximum possible assistance to the Philippines", Kono said.

Casinos were operational again early on Monday though authorities were still struggling to restore power to some of the 20,000 households that suffered power cuts.



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