Typhoon Mangkhut slammed the northern Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain Saturday, killing at least 28 people in landslides and collapsed homes before heading toward southern China.
More than 5 million people were in the path of the typhoon, which was equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane when it made landfall on the northern tip of Luzon Island, according to the Associated Press.
Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde told the AP that 20 people died in the Cordillera mountain region, four died in nearby Nueva Vizcaya province, and one person died outside those regions. Three other deaths were reported in northeastern Cagayan province, where the typhoon made landfall.
The Philippine News Agency said 133,457 people were being housed at evacuation centers and another 14,826 were being assisted elsewhere.
The tropical cyclone was moving toward Hong Kong and southern China Sunday, packing 108 mph winds, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.
The observatory said winds and intense rain from Mangkhut were already affecting the region. A storm surge of 3.5 meters or more was forecasted for Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour.
“The high water level together with the heavy rain will cause severe flooding in low-lying areas,” the agency said.
A Guangdong provincial office said Sunday that nearly half a million people had been evacuated from seven cities in advance of the typhoon’s landfall, according to the AP.