The death toll from the Mangkhut Typhoon in the Philippines has increased to 81 people. Even this number can still increase as search officers continue to search dozens of people who have been hit by landslides.
Many people died from severe landslides in the mining town of Itogon where dozens of people were believed to be still buried in landslides.
“From the list, I saw 59 people still missing (in Itogon),” Ricardo Jalad, head of civil defense, was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency on Wednesday (09/19/2018). “If you add those who have already been found, the possibility of a death toll can reach 100 people,” he added.
The world’s biggest cyclone in 2018 toppled trees and made skyscrapers in downtown Hong Kong sway. The Mangkhut typhoon has injured more than 200 people in Hong Kong before landing on the coast of Jiangmen city, south of Guangdong province in China. Four people were reported killed in Guangdong due to this typhoon.
Searchers today continue to search for victims among the mud heaps that afflict residences used by small-scale miners.
Most of the victims from Typhoon Mangkhut died from being buried by landslides, including a family of four.
The deadliest storm in the Philippines in history is the Haiyan Super Typhoon, which left more than 7,350 people dead or missing in the entire central Philippines in November 2013.