Typhoon Mangkhut kills 64 in Philippines Photogallery

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Tens of thousands of passengers were stranded in the city's worldwide airport on Sunday, the airport authority said, with airlines including the city's flagship carrier, Cathay Pacific, having already cancelled many flights.

Mangkhut is heading towards Hong Kong, where Security Minister John Lee Ka-chiu warned residents it would be bringing "winds and rains of extraordinary speeds, scope and severity".

Philippine officials say the death toll from Typhoon Mangkhut has risen to 28, mostly due to landslides in northern mountain provinces.

Mangkhut has been downgraded from a typhoon to a tropical storm after reaching the southern Chinese province of Guangdong Sunday, where four people have been killed.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday expressed sadness at the reports of loss of life and extensive destruction caused by Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines.

In the Philippines, it is thought to have killed over 50 people, with gusts reaching around 190 miles per hour (305 kmph), although the death toll is rising as more reports come in.

It ripped a construction elevator off the side of a 22-storey building.

Palangdan said rescuers had dug out 11 bodies from a muddy mound covering a former miners' bunkhouse which had been turned into a chapel.

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On Saturday, authorities were also checking what happened to about 70 men who reportedly returned to their coastal village to check on their homes during risky storm surges that saw walls of seawater whipped inland.

"They thought they were really safe there", the mayor said Sunday. Men used pikes and shovels to dig into the mud because the soaked ground was unstable and limited the use of heavy equipment on site.

Tropical cyclone Mangkhut is considered the strongest to hit the region this year, packing gale force winds of more than 200 kph, equivalent to a maximum Category 5 "intense hurricane" in the Atlantic.

Videos and photographs show windows of some of the city's commercial skyscrapers smashed in the high winds. State television broadcaster CGTN reported that surging waves flooded a seaside hotel in the city of Shenzhen.

While the storm has weakened considerably since, it still caused massive amounts of damage as it swept into China on Sunday and is anticipated to continue into Vietnam in the coming days.

After ravaging northern Philippines and affecting at least 250,000 people, it moved to Hong Kong and Macau before entering southern China.

Macau, China's gaming center, was forced shut down all its casinos for the first time its history Sunday as Mangkhut approached.