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

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

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

Typhoon Mangkhut slammed Hong Kong yesterday, with strong hurricane force winds swaying skyscrapers and a storm surge reaching as much as 3 metres in places. The government and casinos took extra measures ahead of the storm, determined to avoid a repeat of Typhoon Hato which battered Macau past year, killing 12 people and drawing accusations the city was ill-prepared.

The paper reports that more than 1,500 fallen trees and over 500 broken windows - both dwarfing those tallied past year after Hato struck - have emerged from across the city.

Hong Kong residents were told to stay away from the coastline and be on alert for occasional gales.

Mangkhut weakened from a typhoon to a tropical storm as it moved deeper into southern China yesterday, but leaving death and destruction in its wake, from Hong Kong to the Philippines.

People work during a rescue and retrieval operation for landslide victims caused by Typhoon Mangkhut.

Erik de Castro / Reuters A resident walks on the side of a road as police officers and fire marshals clear debris and fallen trees caused by a landslide at the height of Typhoon Mangkhut.

Building damage looks to be more superficial than structural in the main, in terms of windows broken, cladding torn off, etc, but the wide area impacted means there will be a significant economic hit to Hong Kong from the typhoon and as a result a hit to exposed insurance and any reinsurance interests. So we need to do something here in Canada to help them out, "he said". The Japanese government also vowed to provide the maximum possible assistance to the Philippine government to help those affected by the typhoon.

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

The Philippine Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte is thinking of banning mining. The landslide buried an emergency shelter which was being used by miners and their families in the town. National police spokesman Sr.

"The EU (European Union) is supporting the people of the Philippines, many of whom are in urgent need of assistance after the devastating effects of the cyclone", Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said in a statement on Tuesday.

The storm was still affecting southern China's coast and the provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan, and rain and strong winds were expected to continue through today.