Typhoon Mangkhut Strikes Philippines and China

Several PQMD Members Preparing to Respond

Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall on Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines, on Saturday morning. The storm, with sustained winds over 120 mph, took 64 lives and triggered destructive landslides before moving on to Macau, Hong Kong  and China. Structures were damaged and streets flooded and thousands lost power in the storm’s path. The Chinese government reported two storm-related deaths in Guangdong province.

Rescuers search for three residents buried in a landslide at the height of Typhoon Mangkhut that hit Baguio City in the Philippines. REUTERS/Harley Palangchao

The storm prompted thousands of flight evacuations and recalled several boats to port. More than 2.4 million people were relocated due to the storm. The storm downed hundreds of trees and damaged historical landmarks in Hong Kong, where officials were also monitoring two nuclear power plants on the coastline.

Rescue and recovery efforts are already underway in the Philippines. The Philippine Red Cross is involved in search efforts, and the National Food Authority is releasing supplies of rice to relief agencies and local government units. The military is also deploying airplanes and helicopters in the post-storm efforts. PQMD members Americares, Direct Relief, International Medical Corps, World Vision and UNICEF are continuously monitoring the situation and deploying supplies and staff in response to the storm. Additional PQMD members are determining next steps in their response efforts.

More on Typhoon Mangkhut and its destructive path here.