Typhoon pounds south China after killing 64 in Philippines

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Last year, typhoon Hato, one of the strongest in recent years, pummeled the region, with Macau suffering wide damage and nine deaths, sparking criticism that authorities had not been well prepared.

Chinese media say two more people were killed as Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in southern China on Sunday.

In Hong Kong, authorities issued their maximum alert, with residents warned to stay indoors to avoid flying debris.

The storm caused severe transportation disruptions, with almost 900 flights cancelled in Hong Kong on Sunday, stranding tens of thousands of passengers.

Numerous missing in the Philippines are gold miners and their families, feared buried in the landslide after seeking shelter in a bunkhouse-turned-chapel in the far-flung village of Ucab, in Itogon town, Benguet province.

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

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More than 2.4 million people had been evacuated in southern China's Guangdong province by Sunday evening to flee the typhoon, state media said.

Hong Kong Security Minister John Lee Ka-chiu (李家超) urged residents to prepare for the worst.

Motorists negotiate a flooded street following heavy rains and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Mangkhut, in Manila, Philippines, Sept. 15, 2018.

In the grips of Typhoon Mangkhut on Sunday, waves crashed against the coastline in Zhuhai, southern China's Guangdong province.

In the fishing village of Tai O, where many people live in stilt houses built over the sea, some desperately tried to bail out their inundated homes.

The Hainan provincial tourist department has ordered all scenic areas, schools and outdoor businesses to close on Sunday and Monday morning.

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The typhoon prompted storm surges as high as 10ft. and flooded ground-floor buildings in Shenzhen.

Typhoon Mangkhut moves past Hong Kong and into China with 75 miles per hour winds. Dozens of residents sought shelter there during the storm despite warnings it was unsafe.

The Hong Kong Free Press showed impressive video on its Facebook page of blown out windows and flooding.

Torrential rains and strong winds pounded Guangdong and later Guangxi Zhuang, causing floods and landslides while temporarily shutting down several airports and a major harbor.

Two days after Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the remote Philippine town of Itogon, causing part of a mountain slope to collapse on a gold miners' bunkhouse, grim reports circulated that more than 40 people had been pulled from the wreckage.

The typhoon struck at the start of the rice and corn harvesting season in the Philippines' northern breadbasket, prompting farmers to scramble to save what they could of their crops, Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba said.

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In the neighbouring gambling enclave of Macau, all 42 casinos shut Saturday night and businesses were shuttered Sunday morning, some boarded up and protected by piles of sandbags.