Buguey, Cagayan province, the Philippines (CNN)Rescue efforts ramped up in the Philippines Sunday to aid a quarter of a million people caught in the path of Typhoon Mangkhut, as authorities said dozens had been killed in the strongest storm of the year.
Government officials reported Sunday that 54 people had died, with 42 still missing. Efforts to locate those still missing will resume on Monday.President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman Harry Roque said most of the deaths were due to landslides, mainly in the Cordillera Administrative Region.More than 250,000 people were affected by the storm across the country, with around half of those seeking shelter in evacuation centers in the country’s north. Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutRescue workers wade through floodwaters during a rescue operation in Macau on Sunday, September 16.Hide Caption 1 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutStrong winds churn waves on the waterfront of Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong on September 16.Hide Caption 2 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutResidents rest in a shelter in Hong Kong on Sunday, September 16.Hide Caption 3 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutRescue workers help a woman to cross a flooded street in the village of Lei Yu Mun, in Hong Kong on Sunday.Hide Caption 4 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutA tree sits after falling onto a school bus in Hong Kong.Hide Caption 5 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutDebris from houses destroyed by Typhoon Mangkhut lay scattered on the ground in Tuguegarao city in northeastern Philippines, on Sunday, September 16.Hide Caption 6 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutVillagers look down an alleyway filled with seawater in Lei Yu Mun on Sunday.Hide Caption 7 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutPeople walk through a flooded shopping mall in Heng Fa Chuen district on Sunday, September 16.Hide Caption 8 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutPeople battle strong winds as they cross a street in China’s Guangdong province on Sunday, September 16.Hide Caption 9 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutWorkers transfer sacks of grains from a toppled truck in northeastern Philippines on Sunday, September 16.Hide Caption 10 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutA security guard wades across floodwaters in Heng Fa Chuen on Sunday, September 16.Hide Caption 11 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutA fire rescue worker helps a child cross a flooded street in the village of Lei Yu Mun in Hong Kong.Hide Caption 12 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutA policeman walks through makeshift tent shelters damaged by strong winds in Tuguegarao.Hide Caption 13 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutA man takes a photograph as waves crash over a promenade in Hong Kong, on Sunday.Hide Caption 14 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutResidents stand by a flooded road in Tuguegarao city in northeastern Philippines, on Saturday, September 15.Hide Caption 15 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutA wave overwhelms a man as he tries to recover salvageable materials in Manila, Philippines, on Saturday, September 15.Hide Caption 16 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutAn elderly man waits for a taxi as Typhoon Mangkhut edges closer to Hong Kong, on Sunday, September 16.Hide Caption 17 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutPeople pray inside of a temple ahead of the arrival of Typhoon Mangkhut in Sanhe village, China, on Saturday.Hide Caption 18 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutFishermen remove their boat from the water ahead of the arrival of Typhoon Mangkhut on the outskirts of Zhanjiang, China, on Saturday.Hide Caption 19 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutVolunteers and police check on residents after Typhoon Mangkhut hit Tuguegarao, Philippines, on Saturday.Hide Caption 20 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutA family shares a meal by flashlight inside a temporary evacuation center after electricity was shut off following the onslaught of Typhoon Mangkhut in the city of Tuguegarao, Philippines, on Saturday.Hide Caption 21 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutAn elderly Filipino woman copes in the typhoon-hit town of Aparri, Philippines, on September 15.Hide Caption 22 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutMembers of a family survey their heavily damaged home in Alcala, Philippines, on September 15.Hide Caption 23 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutA basketball hoop is toppled in Tuguegarao City, Philippines, on September 15.Hide Caption 24 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutPhilippine soldiers help a man with a sick child after fallen electric poles blocked an ambulance transporting them in Baggao, a town north of Manila, on September 15.Hide Caption 25 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutA woman weeps as she describes her family’s experiences during the typhoon in Baggao on September 15.Hide Caption 26 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutCrews work to clear a road of debris in Baggao on September 15.Hide Caption 27 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutMotorists negotiate a flooded street in Manila on September 15.Hide Caption 28 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutChildren collect recyclable materials washed ashore in Manila on September 15.Hide Caption 29 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutA motorist tries to avoid the flooding in Manila on September 15.Hide Caption 30 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutResidents make their way through destroyed stalls at a public market in Tuguegarao City on September 15.Hide Caption 31 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutCommuters push a car through floodwaters in Manila on September 15. Hide Caption 32 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutMotorists push their motor bikes through a flooded street in Manila on September 15. Hide Caption 33 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutCommuters brave the elements in Manila on September 15.Hide Caption 34 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutStrong winds and rain batter buildings in Tuguegarao City on September 15.Hide Caption 35 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutStreet sweepers go about their daily business as rain and strong winds pound Manila on September 15.Hide Caption 36 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutGuests sleep inside a hotel restaurant after strong winds damaged the roof of their room in Tuguegarao City on September 15.Hide Caption 37 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutHeavy rain falls in Tuguegarao City on Friday, September 14.Hide Caption 38 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutOfficials conduct a patrol in Aparri ahead of the typhoon on September 14.Hide Caption 39 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutA satellite image shows the width and trajectory of Mangkhut as it approaches the Philippines on September 14.Hide Caption 40 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutA farmer gathers his herd of cows to a safe place as the typhoon nears Tuguegarao City on September 14.Hide Caption 41 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutFishermen secure a boat in Aparri before the storm arrives on September 14.Hide Caption 42 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutVillagers from Aparri cut tree branches on September 14 in preparation for the massive storm.Hide Caption 43 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutAn evacuee rests inside an evacuation center in Tuguegarao City on September 14.Hide Caption 44 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutA volunteer moves through relief goods September 14 as Tuguegarao prepares for the typhoon’s arrival.Hide Caption 45 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutResidential buildings in Hong Kong are reflected in a McDonald’s restaurant window, taped in preparation for Typhoon Mangkhut, on September 14. Hong Kong and Macau are currently in the typhoon’s path.Hide Caption 46 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutWorkers lay sandbags at the waterfront of the Lei Yue Mun area of Hong Kong on September 14.Hide Caption 47 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutPeople secure the roof of a house in Tuguegarao on September 14.Hide Caption 48 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutA worker steps over sandbags ahead of the typhoon’s arrival in Hong Kong on September 14.Hide Caption 49 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutFishermen work amid the rough seas near Aparri on September 14.Hide Caption 50 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives for a government briefing on the typhoon at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Quezon City on Thursday, September 13.Hide Caption 51 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutDuterte, second from left, observes the disaster agency’s operation center in action in Manila on September 13.Hide Caption 52 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutHigh-rises are visible above choppy waters in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai District on Wednesday, September 12.Hide Caption 53 of 54 Photos: In photos: Typhoon MangkhutSailors remove debris on a US naval base in Guam on Tuesday, September 11, after the typhoon swept through the island territory, causing flooding and power outages.Hide Caption 54 of 54President Duterte traveled the region Sunday to see the damage and recovery operations, presidential Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar told CNN.Read MoreTyphoon Mangkhut, also known as Ompong, is now pummeling Hong Kong with strong winds and heavy rain, as it crosses into the Chinese mainland.Hong Kong’s typhoon alert warning is at its highest level, and the city has all but shut down with transport suspended and residents warned to stay indoors. Mangkhut slams into the PhilippinesWhen Mangkhut made landfall in the Philippines Saturday morning at 1:40 a.m. local time, the storm was packing winds of up to 270 kph (165 mph), 120 kph (75 mph) stronger than Hurricane Florence that hit North Carolina. Rosbin Martin, 54, decided not to leave her house in Buguey, a village on the northern coast of Luzon, for safer ground. She said she and her family prayed as winds stronger than any previous typhoon battered the area.Rosbin Martin.”The wind was going faster, stronger. We were not that scared because we prayed. We trusted our Almighty Father to save us since we are Catholic,” she told CNN.The roof of Martin’s house was damaged but that was nothing compared to the complete destruction of the local gymnasium. The village gymnasium in Buguey after Typhoon Mangkhut hit on Saturday.Mary Anne Millare, 48, also opted to sit out the storm with her husband and son in the resort where she works as a caretaker just outside Buguey.Mary Anne Millare, 48, stands outside the building where she and her husband and son rode out the storm.”We are sandwiched here between the river and the West Philippine Sea. We were so afraid. We thought the building we were in would collapse. The wind was very strong. But we thank God the water did not go up,” she said.Millare said she didn’t evacuate because she feared looters would raid their home. She’s not sure how she’s going to afford the repairs.Death and damageIt’ll be days if not weeks before the Philippines assesses the full impact of Typhoon Mangkhut. However, while the death toll is likely to rise, some relief was expressed Saturday that the storm didn’t appear to have caused as much destruction as other recent, less powerful storms.More than 6,000 people died when Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines five years ago, the worst in a generation. That storm displaced nearly 4 million people. Many of the survivors ran short of food, water and medicine almost immediately.The two people who were reportedly killed by Mangkhut were rescue workers, said Ricardo Jalad, executive director of the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Both victims were women, killed when a rain-drenched hillside collapsed on them, according to the French news agency AFP.As of Saturday, the storm had caused 51 landslides in the country’s north. Search crews are looking for people reported missing in the mountainous Cordillera region, Tolentino said.JUST WATCHEDPlanet’s strongest storm hits the PhilippinesReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Planet’s strongest storm hits the Philippines 01:16Airport damaged Earlier on Saturday, in the provincial capital Tuguegarao, strong winds lashed buildings, pulling off entire roofs and throwing large chunks of debris into the air.Tuguegarao airport in northern Luzon, a vital transportation hub, was damaged in the storm, forcing the cancellation of more than 100 local and international flights, according to the Department of Transportation.Authorities were assessing the damage and trying to repair communication systems, the Philippines News Agency reported. Storm chaser James Reynolds said Sunday that the airport seemed to be being used as a military base to ferry supplies to affected regions.
— James Reynolds (@EarthUncutTV) September 16, 2018 The Philippines military had planned to send two C-130 airplanes and 10 helicopters to Cagayan province for typhoon relief and rescue efforts, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana via Philippine News Agency (PNA).Lorenzana said they’d fly north carrying aid and allowing rescuers to reach remote areas of the mountainous north as soon as the weather improved. Heading to ChinaThe Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) urged the public to stay on the alert as Mangkhut’s eye traveled toward Hong Kong and Southern China. Residents taped up windows and secured anything that could take flight in strong winds.Mangkhut was recorded packing sustained winds of 173 kilometers per hour (107 miles per hour) and guests up to 223 kilometers per hour (138 miles per hour) as the storm’s eye passed south of the city in the early afternoon, according to the HKO.The storm has since departed Hong Kong, but is expected to make landfall on mainland China sometime Sunday evening, the observatory said in a bulletin. Flights from Hong Kong International Airport were delayed or canceled Sunday, disrupting the travel plans of thousands of passengers. Travelers were urged to check with their airlines.Train, bus and ferry services to the airport were also suspended, though the airport remains open for passengers who have nowhere else to go.Typhoon Mangkhut will make another landfall on Sunday night in the Chinese province of Guangdong near the cities of Yangjiang and Zhanjiang. From there the system will continue to move westward and will rain itself out over northern Vietnam, which could lead to some flooding there early next week.