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20 September 2018

The national police also say 45 other people are missing and 33 were injured in the massive storm, which battered the northern Philippines on Saturday.

Mangkhut is the sixth storm to threaten Vietnamese waters this year. There were no reported deaths in Hong Kong, a city well prepared for tropical cyclones.

Mangkhut is now expected to move inland of western Guangdong.

Cimatu said army troops and police would be deployed to enforce the ban, which covers about 10,000 small miners in Benguet's Itogon town, where dozens of poor miners and their families were feared buried by a landslide.

As the storm passed south of Hong Kong, trees were snapped in half and roads blocked, while some windows in tower blocks were smashed and skyscrapers swayed, as they are created to do in intense gales.

They were also checking to see what happened to about 70 men who reportedly returned to their coastal village in Cagayan to check on their homes as the typhoon drew closer on Friday, sparking concerns over possible storm surges.

Mangkhut's winds weakened to 170 kilometers (105 miles) per hour after it blew across Luzon Island toward the South China Sea, aiming at southern China and Hong Kong, where residents braced for the worst.

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Hong Kong's home affairs department said it had opened 48 temporary shelters and was now housing more than 1,200 people displaced by the storm.

Water levels surged by nearly 3.5 m (12 ft) in places and live fish were washed on to the streets.

Hong Kong residents were told to stay away from the coastline and be on alert for occasional gales.

More than 50 domestic and global flights were suspended hours before the landfall.

At that time, the center of the depression was around 200 kilometers (124 miles) from the Vietnam-China border with wind speeds of up to 60 kilometers per hour. "It made me feel so dizzy".

Mangkhut, considered the strongest storm of 2018, ploughed through the northern Philippines on Saturday.

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Most of the people died in landslides in the mountainous regions in the North of the country.

Environmental Secretary Roy Cimatu announced the ban during a news conference Monday in Benguet province, where 54 of the 65 typhoon deaths in the Philippines occurred.

The building was later wiped out by landslides.

The BBC's Howard Johnson in the Philippines described a trail of destruction along the northern coast of Luzon with forests ripped to shreds and electricity poles felled.

House after house had been flattened or badly damaged, with roofs or walls missing.

The typhoon is arriving at the start of the rice and corn harvest season in Cagayan, a major agricultural producer, and farmers were scrambling to save what they could of their crops, Mamba said.

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Typhoon Mangkhut kills 64 in Philippines Photogallery