The biggest storm of the year wreaked havoc on Southeast Asia over the weekend, killing dozens of people and causing extensive damage with landslides, huge waves and catastrophic winds from the Philippines to Guangdong in China.

At least 69 people are now believed to have died as Typhoon Mangkhut left its path of destruction in the course of just a few days.

Friday 14 September

Rescuers on the island of Luzon are ready for the super typhoon's arrival

As the biggest storm of 2018 approaches a massive evacuation is under way.

Over two days more than 15,000 people leave the northern Philippines, as winds of up to 158 mph and a band of rain cloud 560 miles wide approach the islands.

In an emergency meeting, President Rodrigo Duterte tells reporters it may be too early to seek foreign aid, saying “if it flattens everything maybe we would need some help”.

Rains cover the city as strong winds batter houses and buildings lying on the path of Typhoon Mangkhut as it makes landfall on September 15, 2018 in Tuguegarao city, northern Philippines

AM Saturday 15 September

The storm makes landfall before dawn on Saturday in Baggao, a coastal town on the northern tip of Luzon island in the Cagayan province of the Philippines.

The Philippines experiences an average of 20 storms and typhoons each year, and it quickly becomes clear that Mangkhut is the strongest of 2018.

Heavy rains caused by Typhoon Mangkhut in Manila

But there is no immediate reports of major damage or casualties, thanks in part to a focused awareness and preparation campaign by authorities.

PM Saturday 15 September

The first casualties from the typhoon are reported – two rescue workers are killed while trying to free people trapped in a landslide.

Another body is recovered from a river.

The death toll is later increased to 69 – a number that is expected to rise.

A damaged house in Pangasinan province
Image: Homes were destroyed in the Philippines

Around 105,000 people are now in temporary shelters, and more than 1,000 houses are believed to be seriously damaged amid fallen trees, ripped-off roofs, widespread flooding and downed power infrastructure.

The state weather agency downgrades the domestic threat level of the storm, but warns that danger is far from over.

AM Sunday 16 September

HONG KONG, HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 16: A man carrying a woman cross a flooded road on September 16, 2018 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. City officials raised the storm alert to T10, it's highest level,as Typhoon Mangkhut landed on Hong Kong. The strongest tropical storm of the season so far with winds as fast as 200 kilometres per hour, Mangkhut has reportedly killed at least 25 people in the Philippines as it continues it's path towards southern China. (Photo by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)
Image: Flood waters hit Hong Kong before the typhoon made landfall

As the storm roars towards Hong Kong, huge waves batter the city, waters flood roads and tunnels and boats are thrown against harbour roads.

Macau shuts down its casinos as the storm approaches – the first time they have ever closed.

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Video: Typhoon throws boats into Hong Kong shore

In the Philippines, landslides have been the cause of the greatest number of casualties even though the storm itself has largely moved on.

Rescuers search frantically for bodies at the site of a goldmine in Ucab, where 55 people including six children are missing following a landslide that crushed buildings by earth and rocks.

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Video: Hopes fade for dozens of trapped miners *Warning: Distressing images*

PM Sunday 16 September

A view of landslide caused at the height of Typhoon Mangkhut
Image: Typhoon Mangkhut buried people at a mining camp in the Philippines

The storm makes landfall in China’s Guangdong province, where 2.45 million people are evacuated from seven cities and 48,000 fishing boats are called back to the port.

Monday 17 September

An office tower's windows are damaged following Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong
Image: The storm damaged windows of the One Harbourfront office in Hong Kong

By Monday afternoon local time, the cities struck by the hurricane are beginning to get back to normal.

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Rail, ferry and airline services have been restored in Macau and crews in Hong Kong are at work clearing fallen tress and wreckage.

But people that have been affected by the deadly storm now have to pick up the pieces and try to restore what Typhoon Mangkhut has destroyed.

From – SkyNews