Iran Sympathizes with US, Philippines, China over Deadly Storms

Hugh Fox
September 20, 2018

While the damage was still being assessed on Tuesday, a yacht club manager said "long negotiations on insurance claims" would come next for boat owners.

The South China Morning Post has reported that an assessor forecasts insured losses of more than $1 billion in Hong Kong alone from typhoon Mangkhut and said that the storm could cause people and businesses to look again at the resilience of their properties.

The storm, with gusts of more than 230 km/h, sent buildings swaying and waters surging into homes and shopping malls, with some roads waist-deep in water.

A scene of damaged crops following the landfall of typhoon Mangkhut
Jes Aznar /Getty A scene of damaged crops following the landfall of typhoon Mangkhut

The hurricane made landfall in North and SC on Friday, bringing high winds, heavy rains, and a potentially deadly storm surge.

Consul General to Hong Kong Antonio Morales said "a Filipina tourist underwent leg surgery after she was hit by flying debris", while "another Filipina was also hurt by falling debris but needed no hospital treatment". "The storm slowed as it made landfall in mainland China's Pearl River Delta region". Macau is a famous gambling enclave and it too shut its casinos. The most severe damage was inflicted in Luzon's north, a sparsely populated region of the Philippines, causing a remarkable 51 landslides.

As a result, the Jewellery & Gem Fair was cancelled on Sunday and reopened Monday 17 September at visitors' discretion from 10:30am onwards; exhibitors were allowed to re-enter the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre that morning from 8:30.

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Mayor Victorio Palangdan of Itogon town in Benguet province, among the worst-hit by the typhoon that struck Saturday, said in a news conference that there's "99 percent (chance) that they really are all dead". Hundreds of flights to Hong Kong and other airports were also canceled. While the rain had stopped, rising temperatures hampered rescue efforts. Police and their vehicles could not immediately reach the landslide-hit area because the ground was unstable and soaked from the heavy rains, regional police chief Rolando Nana told the ABS-CBN TV network.

A Philippine national police report said the death toll as of Monday midday was 65, with 43 people missing and 64 injured.

The hardest-hit area was Benguet province, where 38 people died, mostly in the two landslides in Itogon, and 37 are missing, the police said.

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In 2013, super typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people. A massive evacuation of about 87,000 people from high-risk areas helped lessen potential casualties, officials said.

Across northern Luzon, which produces much of the nation s rice and corn, farms were under muddy floodwater, their crops ruined just a month before harvest.

Gomez reported from Manila, Philippines.

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