Philippines: Homes and incomes top concerns after deadly typhoon

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Damaged vessels are seen after Super Typhoon Mangkhut hit Hong Kong China Sept 18 2018. Source Reuters

Dozens of residents sought shelter during the storm on Saturday despite warning it was unsafe.

Palangdan said most of the people who were buried in the bunkhouse were small-scale miners, whom they have already asked to leave before typhoon Ompong, the strongest to hit the country this year by far, made its presence felt.

The rescue involved some 300 police, soldiers, firefighters and volunteers armed mostly with hand tools raced to remove rocks, mud, debris and drain water from collapsed buildings, hoping to find some signs of life after 13 bodies were pulled out, Reuters reported.

A villager officer who accompanied Zambale used a megaphone to warn people that Mangkhut was extraordinarily powerful and everybody should leave, he said.

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"We know disasters can make life especially hard for some groups, so we're putting in place measures to protect a diverse group of people, including children, women-headed households, men and boys made vulnerable by the disaster, people with disabilities and older people".

Hong Kong International Airport said it will resume flights on Monday, while Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. and some other airlines restarted services to the city that was battered over the weekend by a typhoon, forcing the cancellation of nearly 900 flights. The tragedy has caused a nation to reexamine it's mining industry.

Authorities in southern China issued a red alert, the most severe warning, as the national meteorological center said the densely populated region would face a "severe test caused by wind and rain" and urged officials to prepare for possible disasters.

All high-speed and some normal rail services in Guangdong and Hainan provinces were also halted, the China Railway Guangzhou Group Co. said.

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Philippine officials have said in the past that gold mines tunneled by big mining companies legally or by unauthorized individuals and small outfits have made the hillsides unstable and more prone to landslides.

The storm later slammed into Hong Kong on Sunday, drenching the island and with blistering winds up to 173 km/h, according to CNN.

People walk through a flooded shopping mall in Heng Fa Chuen district during Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 16, 2018.

"This typhoon really was super strong. but overall, I feel we can say we got through it safely", Carrie Lam, the territory's chief executive, told reporters.

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