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18 Sep
  • By Aizhana Danabekova

Typhon Mangkhut killed at least 74 people in the Philippines

At least 74 people died after a landslide caused by Typhoon Mangkhut enveloped a small mining town in the Philippines, burying homes and a chapel where dozens of people had taken shelter. “The death toll from Typhoon Manghut on Tuesday, September 18, has increased to 74, the largest number of victims accounted for the Cordilleran administrative region,” reports Rappler.

According to the police, there are 55 missing persons, 52 of them in the Cordillera administrative region, which was severely damaged by landslides. The powerful typhoon reached the northeastern coast of the Philippines on Friday evening. As reported by the authorities, the typhoon affected more than 800 thousand people living in the region.

It should be noted that the powerful typhoon Manghut is much stronger than the hurricane Florence, which struck the eastern coast of the United States. The power of Manghut is equivalent to the cyclone of the maximum fifth category. Gusts of wind reach 255 kilometers per hour. The super-typhoon Manghut may pose a threat to more than 40 million people in the Philippines and China.

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Aizhana Danabekova holds a BA in International Relations and is currently studying for an MSocSc in Cultural Sociology at University College Dublin. She started her career in journalism in Almaty, Kazakhstan at Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.  She wrote articles about different cultures and led the title “Let’s learn Kazakh”.