Beijing, Typhoon Mangkhut is lashing China’s

most populous province, bringing winds of up to 100 mph (162 kph).

Guangdong is on its highest alert for the storm, which swept in

from Hong Kong where it swayed skyscrapers and blew out windows.

The death toll from the Philippines meanwhile jumped from 30 to

49, with most of the victims claimed in landslides caused by heavy rain.

Mangkhut is considered the strongest storm of 2018.

Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall on the Chinese coast near

Jiangmen city this afternoon local time, state media reported.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from Guangdong,

and authorities there issued their highest warning level, a red alert.

In Hong Kong, authorities also issued their maximum alert, with

residents warned to stay indoors to avoid flying debris. Winds there

reportedly reached more than 110 mph (117 kph).

Officials put the number of injured at 111 but the territory

avoided a direct hit.

Water levels surged by almost 3.5 m (12 ft) in places and live fish

were washed on to the streets.

Mangkhut is expected to weaken into a tropical depression by

Tuesday as it moves inland.

Most of the deaths in the Philippines were caused by

landslides in the Cordillera and Nueva Vizcaya regions, officials said.

Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall yesterday (Saturday), tearing

through the main island of Luzon.

Five million people were in its path and more than 100,000

sheltered in temporary centres.

The Philippines is routinely hit during the typhoon season, but

the strength of Manghukt evoked memories of the deadliest storm on

national record – Super Typhoon Haiyan – which killed more than 7,000

in 2013.

However, preparation and evacuation procedures have been

improved since then. Warnings were issued, travel was restricted,

schools shut and the army was put on standby in advance, the BBC

reported.

Source: Oman News Agency