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According to the AFP, in the Philippines, hundreds of rescuers used shovels and their bare hands on Tuesday to sift through a massive landslide, with dozens feared dead in the region worst-hit by the typhoon as the death toll climbed to 74.

Dozens of residents sought shelter during the storm on Saturday despite warning it was risky.

The hardest-hit area was Benguet province, where 38 people died, mostly in the two landslides in Itogon, and 37 are missing, the police said.

CNN reports that the typhoon led to severe landslides that killed at least 54 people in the Philippines and there are fears that the figure could rise because many more might be buried in the debris.

Queen Elizabeth has sent a heartfelt letter of condolences to the President of the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut.

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Global cruise calls are back on track at Hong Kong after the territory was battered by the worst storm of the year on Sunday with gusts of up to 160 mph/ 257 km/h reported.

Typhoon Mangkhut, with sustained winds of around 124 miles per hour and gusts of up to around 200 miles per hour, barreled past the northern tip of the Philippines this weekend, killing at least 54 people. The violent storm killed four people in the southern province of Guangdong, China.

Damage estimated at about S$360 million, caused by Typhoon Mangkhut to farms and infrastructure in the Philippines. Strong winds and heavy rain caused significant damage to food crops, increasing livelihood and food needs.

A woman stands before a collapsed building of a school next to a beach in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut in the coastal village of Shek O in Hong Kong on September 18, 2018. Part of the mountain slope, covered in green foliage, can be seen behind the buildings.

"I think it will take us three or four days before it gets back to normal", said Zhang, a police officer clearing a road near Nanshui town. The area was one of the most affected by floods from Typhoon Hato, which left 10 people dead previous year.

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As of Monday, local authorities told NBC News that they were searching for 56 people who were still missing. They were brought back to their hotel in the Kowloon area, the Filipino diplomat said, adding that the Filipino tourists are all safe.

A Philippine national police report said the death toll as of Monday midday was 65, with 43 people missing and 64 injured.

Mangkhut also shattered glass windows on commercial skyscrapers, felled trees, tore scaffolding off buildings under construction and flooded some areas of Hong Kong with waist-high waters, according to the South China Morning Post.

In the neighbouring gambling enclave of Macau, all 42 casinos shut down for the first time in its history as the storm approached.

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