Noah Sellers, a UNC senior studying at CUHK, said around 600 global students attend his host university, and the students came together during the storm as they sought shelter in their dorm.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan said at least three people died and six others were missing in his mountain city of Baguio after strong winds and rain destroyed several houses and set off landslides, which also blocked roads to the popular vacation destination.
Flash flooding in the Northern Philippines forces 50,000 people from their homes.
As the storm ripped through the Philippines, on September 15, footage emerged of the raging floodwaters that had wrecked homes and triggered landslides.
SUPER TYPHOON Mangkhut, which pummelled across the northern Philippines before hitting Hong Kong and Shenzen, China over the weekend left wide-scale devastation in its wake, with authorities scrambling to rescue stranded survivors in some affected parts, and undertaking a huge cleanup in others. Some even laughed at police officers and told them their shelter was safe, he said.
Philippine Presidential Adviser Francis Tolentino, who was appointed by the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for preparation and response efforts of super typhoon Mangkhut, said that rescue operations will continue to look for possible survivors in the Itogon landslide. He said some of the families of the miners may have been buried in the 300-meter landslide, roughly the size of the Eiffel Tower.
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The death toll climbed to 20 as authorities found the body of a one-year-old boy who was swept away after his mother drove into floodwaters and lost her grip on him while trying to get back to dry land, and an 88-year-old man's vehicle was swept off a road.
Twelve bodies have been recovered from the debris, local officials said Monday.
"The EU is supporting those in need in the Philippines, many of whom are suffering the devastating effects of the cyclone", said European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides.
More than 2.4 million people had been evacuated in southern China's Guangdong province by Sunday evening to flee the typhoon, state media said.
In China, meanwhile, Mangkhut continued its destructive path, with Hong Kong bracing for a storm that could be the strongest to hit the city since Typhoon York in 1999. It also said more than 13,300 hectares of farmland had been damaged.
Around him, hundreds of searchers, a quarter of them miners, scraped away at the hardening mass of mud as cadaver-sniffing dogs were led across the site.