Massive clean-up in Hong Kong after Typhoon Mangkhut brings trail of destruction

Hong Kong began a massive clean-up Monday after Typhoon Mangkhut raked the city, shredding trees and bringing damaging floods, in a trail of destruction that has left dozens dead in the Philippines and millions evacuated in southern China.

The death toll in the Philippines, where the main island of Luzon was mauled with fierce winds and rain, rose to 65 overnight as rescuers pulled more bodies from a huge landslide in the mountain town of Itogon.

National police spokesman Senior Superintendent Benigno Durana told AFP that 43 other people are missing, and more than 155,000 people remain in evacuation centres two days after the typhoon struck.

After tearing through Luzon and pummelling Hong Kong and Macau, the storm made landfall in mainland China late Sunday, with two reported dead in Guangdong province.

Authorities there said they had evacuated more than three million people and ordered tens of thousands of fishing boats back to port before the arrival of what Chinese media had dubbed the "King of Storms".

In the high-rise city of Hong Kong, the government described the damage as "severe and extensive" with more than 300 people injured in Mangkhut which triggered the maximum "T10" typhoon alert.

The monumental task of cleaning up the city began as residents, some in suits and ties, struggled to get back to work on roads that remained blocked by felled trees, mud and debris.

Schools were closed, along with bus services, and travel disruption saw commuters piling onto platforms trying to board infrequent trains after trees fell on overhead lines.

Typhoon Mangkhut leaves trail of destruction in HK, China and Philippines

  • Hong Kong began a massive clean-up Monday after Typhoon Mangkhut raked the city, shredding trees and bringing damaging floods, in a trail of destruction that has left dozens dead in the Philippines and millions evacuated in southern China.
  • A taxi is left abandoned after breaking down in floodwaters during Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 16, 2018.
  • A road is blocked by a fallen tree during Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 16, 2018.
  • Trees felled by Typhoon Mangkhut litter a road in Hong Kong, China in this still image from a September 16, 2018 video from social media.
  • A car breaks down in a flooded tunnel during Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 16, 2018
  • Damage caused by Typhoon Mangkhut is seen in Hong Kong, China in this still image from a September 16, 2018 video from social media.
  • Waves caused by Typhoon Mangkhut is seen in Hong Kong, China in this still image from a September 16, 2018 video from social media.
  • Damage caused by Typhoon Mangkhut is seen in Hong Kong, China in this still image from a September 16, 2018 video from social media.
  • Broken glass is seen in a restaurant as Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall in China's Guangdong province, in Shenzhen, on Sept 16, 2018.
  • Damaged windows of the One Harbourfront office tower are seen following Typhoon Mangkhut, in Hong Kong, China September 16, 2018.
  • A taxi is abandoned in floodwaters during Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 16, 2018.
  • Waves spilling over a sea barrier as Typhoon Mangkhut approaches Hong Kong on Sept 16, 2018.
  • In videos posted to Twitter, heavy rains and winds can be seen whipping pavements and buildings.
  • Cars are stranded in seawater as high waves hit the shore at Heng Fa Chuen, a residental district near the waterfront, during Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on Sept 16, 2018.
  • A car tries to navigate in the floodwaters in Heng Fa Chuen, a residential district near the waterfront in Hong Kong, during Typhoon Mangkhut on Sept 16, 2018.
  • Foam washed ashore by high waves is seen in Heng Fa Chuen, a residential district near the waterfront in Hong Kong, during Typhoon Mangkhut on Sept 16, 2018.
  • Waves crashes on the beach during Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong, China September 16, 2018 in this still image obtained from a social media video.
  • A damage is seen on a scaffolding during Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong, China September 16, 2018 in this still image obtained from a social media video.
  • A flooded area is seen after typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong, China in this still image taken from video on September 16, 2018.
  • Residents wade though flood water as high waves hit the shore at Heng Fa Chuen, a residential district near the waterfront, following Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong, China September 16, 2018.
  • Large waves hit Repulse Bay beach as Typhoon Mangkhut slams into Hong Kong on Sept 16, 2018.
  • People walk through a flooded shopping mall in Heng Fa Chuen, a residential district near the waterfront in Hong Kong, during Typhoon Mangkhut on Sept 16, 2018.
  • A woman runs in the rainstorm as Typhoon Mangkhut approaches in Shenzhen, China, on Sept 16, 2018.
  • A photojournalist walks amongst plastic debris blown by strong winds in Heng Fa Chuen during Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on Sept 16, 2018.
  • Broken glass is seen in a restaurant as Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall in China's Guangdong province, in Shenzhen, on Sept 16, 2018.
  • A fire rescue worker helps a child cross a flooded street in the village of Lei Yu Mun during Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on Sept 16, 2018.
  • Fire rescue members help a woman to cross a flooded street in the village of Lei Yu Mun during Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 16, 2018.
  • A general view shows a street flooded from a storm surge during Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Macau on September 16, 2018.
  • Bamboo scaffolding is brought down during Typhoon Mangkhut in Macau on Sept 16, 2018.
  • A women (C) steps through rubbish and debris left by Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Macau on September 16, 2018.
  • People battle strong winds as they cross a street ahead of the arrival of Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Yangjiang in China's Guangdong province on September 16, 2018.
  • A man carrying an umbrella runs under heavy rain and strong winds ahead of the arrival of Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Yangjiang in China's Guangdong province on September 16, 2018.
  • This photo by Taiwan agency CNA Photo taken and released on September 15, 2018 shows residents standing amongst debris at Shang Wu fishing port in Taitung county, eastern Taiwan, as Super Typhoon Mangkhut approached waters near southern Taiwan.
  • Aerial shot of houses destroyed at the height of Typhoon Mangkhut in Gattaran, in Cagayan province, on September 16, 2018.
  • Children use a basin to cross a flooded street in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Mangkhut at Salonga Compound in Calumpit, Bulacan on September 16, 2018.
  • Rescuers retrieve one of the bodies trapped in a mudslide as a relative cries in Baguio City, north of Manila on September 16, 2018.
  • A man walks past aN uprooted tree a day after super Typhoon Mangkhut in Yangjiang, in Guangdong province on September 17, 2018.

Landslides and severe flooding affected some areas, with over 1,500 residents seeking refuge in temporary shelters overnight.

The storm, with gusts of more than 230 kilometres per hour (142 mph), sent buildings swaying and waters surging into homes and shopping malls, with some roads waist-deep in water.

Windows in tower blocks and skyscrapers were smashed as people cowered inside.

In the neighbourhood of Heng Fa Chuen, thousands of rocks and pebbles from the sea covered parkland along the coastline which had been battered by pounding waves.

The city's main Victoria Park had become an obstacle course with hundreds of trees down and many completely uprooted.

Emergency teams were sawing apart some of the biggest trees blocking roads and pathways across the city in a clean-up operation that is likely to take days.

In the neighbouring gambling enclave of Macau, all 42 casinos shut down for the first time in its history as the storm approached.

They opened again on Monday but Macau was still in recovery mode after severe flooding hit parts of the city, forcing emergency workers to rescue people from their shops and homes using boats and jetskis.

As the storm moved past the enclave Sunday, streets became submerged under water gushing in from the harbour.

The government and casinos have taken extra measures in recent times, determined to avoid a repeat of Typhoon Hato which battered Macau last year, killing 12 people and drawing accusations it was ill prepared for a major storm.