Philippines:Death toll of Typhoon Mangkhut to 65, missing 43 and wounded 64 .Rescue efforts under way.
Rescue efforts are under way in the northern Philippines as authorities have raised the death toll of Typhoon Mangkhut to 65.
Philippines National Police said that as of Monday, a further 43 people remained missing and 64 were wounded as a result of the world’s strongest storm of this year.
All but one of the missing are in the Cordillera Administrative Region, which saw a number of landslides.
Philippine police earlier said that at least 40 people, the majority of who are gold miners, were feared to have been trapped when part of a mountain slope collapsed on miners’ barracks in a remote village of Itogon town in Benguet province.
Seven bodies were dug out there on Sunday with rescue work resuming on Monday morning.
The Philippine government on Monday ordered a stop to all illegal mining in six mountainous northern provinces in hopes of preventing more tragedies.
In a press conference, Environmental Secretary Roy Cimatu said the army and police would be deployed to enforce the ban.
Typhoon Mangkhut, locally named Ompong, made landfall on Luzon Island in northern Philippines on Saturday.
On Monday morning, it weakened to a tropical storm after battering Hong Kong and parts of southern China on Sunday.
Chinese state TV on Monday said that four were killed in China as a result of Mangkhut. Millions were evacuated.