Dozens feared trapped in Philippines as Typhoon Mangkhut pummels southern China

 foxnews.com  9/16/2018 4:43:00 PM   Katherine Lam

At least 64 people were killed and dozens more, mostly gold miners, were feared trapped in a landslide in the northern Philippines on Sunday following Typhoon Mangkhut pummeling the region with heavy rain and strong winds.

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, file photo, a vehicle negotiates a flooded street in Manila as Typhoon Mangkhut continues to batter the northeastern Philippines before dawn in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

A vehicle swerves through a flooded street in Manila after Typhoon Mangkhut wreaked havoc in the area.  (AP)

At least two people were killed after the storm made landfall in southern China on Sunday. 

Several victims were dug out from the mud and rocks in the town of Itogon in Philippines’ Benguet province, where the typhoon ravaged the area before it blew out of the country late Saturday, Police Superintendent Pelita Tacio said.

Families and relatives of miners in Itogon township, Benguet province in the northern Philippines, carry their belongings as they evacuate following landslides which were triggered by Typhoon Mangkhut burying an unknown number of miners and isolating the township Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. Typhoon Mangkhut barreled into southern China on Sunday after lashing the northern Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain that left more than dozens dead from landslides and drownings. (AP Photo/Jayjay Landingin)

Families and relatives of miners in Itogon township, Benguet province in the northern Philippines, carry their belongings as they evacuate following landslides which were triggered by Typhoon Mangkhut.  (AP)

During the height of the storm, part of the mountainside collapsed on miners’ bunkhouses. Tacio said rescuers were working Sunday to pull out another victim who was pinned down by rocks and mud.

At least eight miners retrieved in Itogon were among the 64 killed in typhoon-related incidents in the Philippines, mostly from landslides and collapsed houses.

Typhoon Mangkhut's path of destruction continued in southern China on Sunday, where authorities earlier began issued a red alert to prepare for potential disasters. 

People walk through floodwaters caused by Typhoon Mangkhut on the waterfront in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. Hong Kong and southern China hunkered down as strong winds and heavy rain from Typhoon Mangkhut lash the densely populated coast. The biggest storm of the year left at least 28 dead from landslides and drownings as it sliced through the northern Philippines. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

People walk through floodwaters caused by Typhoon Mangkhut on the waterfront in Hong Kong.  (AP)

Nearly 500,000 people were evacuated from seven cities before the storm made landfall Sunday. The gambling enclave of Macau, next door to Hong Kong, closed casinos for the first time and the Hong Kong Observatory warned people to stay away from the Victoria Harbor landmark, where storm surges battered the sandbag-reinforced waterfront.

The national meteorological center said the densely populated region would face a "severe test caused by wind and rain.”

The typhoon made landfall 5 p.m. local time with 96 mph sustained winds and gusts of up to 119 mph. Mangkhut had weakened slightly since it hit the Philippines on Saturday, but still brought heavy rain in China and storm surges of 10 feet around Hong Kong.

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, file photo, a satellite image with land graphic borders shows the width and trajectory of Typhoon Mangkhut as it approaches the Philippines, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Typhoon Mangkhut retained its ferocious strength and shifted slightly toward more densely populated coastal provinces on Friday as it barreled closer to the northeastern Philippines, where a massive evacuation was underway. (RAMMB and CIRA via AP, File)

a satellite image with land graphic borders shows the width and trajectory of Typhoon Mangkhut as it approaches the Philippines.  (AP)

Videos and photos posted by Hong Kong residents showing a tall building swaying in the winds and a part of a building break and fall off. Flooding and damages such as fallen trees and broken windows also were reported.

Hong Kong Security Minister John Lee Ka-chiu urged residents to prepare for the worst.

"Because Mangkhut will bring winds and rains of extraordinary speeds, scope and severity, our preparation and response efforts will be greater than in the past," Lee said. "Each department must have a sense of crisis, make a comprehensive assessment and plan, and prepare for the worst."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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