Terrifying Scenes from Typhoon Mangkhut as it Takes 81 Toll in Philippines (+Video)
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Videos showing Typhoon Mangkhut tearing the cities apart in China and Philippines wowed the internet users, as the death toll in the Philippines has climbed to 81 and could grow even more.
Mangkhut swamped farm fields in the Philippines' agricultural north and smashed houses when it tore through at the weekend with violent winds and heavy rains.
Since then the toll has climbed mostly due to the corpses recovered from the massive landslide in the mining town of Itogon where dozens are still believed buried under the mud, Channel News Asia reported.
The typhoon, the most powerful to strike this year, also battered Hong Kong and killed four in China's southern province of Guangdong.
Searchers at Itogon continued their grim work on Wednesday, digging with shovels and their bare hands in the vast expanse of mud that crushed dwellings used by small-scale miners.
The area was primed for disaster before Mangkhut hit, as it came on the heels of nearly a month of continuous monsoon rains that saturated the soil of the already hazardous area.
Of the hundreds digging through the debris, many were miners themselves who were looking for friends and relatives, determined to make sure they received a proper burial.
The Philippines's deadliest storm on record is Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 7,350 people dead or missing across the central Philippines in November 2013.