The strongest storm in the world this year has now moved on to southern China and densely populated Hong Kong, after causing landslides on the northern tip of the Philippines’ Luzon island yesterday.

While the worst of the storm has passed in the Philippines, authorities are dealing with the devastation left in its wake.

At least 40 people, mostly gold miners, are feared to have been trapped in a landslide in and seven bodies have already been dug out by rescuers, police say.

Police Superintendent Pelita Tacio says part of a mountain slope collapsed on the miners’ bunkhouses in the village of Itogon town in Benguet province.

Mr Tacio, who was at the scene of the landslide, says rescuers found another man, but could not immediately retrieve his body – which was pinned by rocks and mud.

Houses also collapsed amid landslides as more than five million people found themselves in the path of the deadly typhoon.

Francis Tolentino, an adviser to President Rodrigo Duterte, said most of the fatalities happened in mountainous areas.