Typhoon Hato: 12 dead as storm lashes Macau, Hong Kong
Typhoon Hato, the strongest to strike southern China in 53 years, has left a trail of death and destruction in the region with Macao and Hong Kong who have the weight of the storm that claimed at least 12 lives and Injured more than 150 others.
The former Portuguese enclave of Macau was still without electricity because the typhoon claimed the lives of at least eight people.
The typhoon landed yesterday, bringing winds up to 160 kilometers per hour at the mouth of the Pearl River and heavy rains in neighboring areas, said the local weather office.
At least 150 people were injured and residents were faced with a massive blackout for nearly 24 hours in Macau, South China Morning Post announced today.
When the typhoon swept Macau, a wall felled by strong winds killed a man. Another person died after leaving the 11th floor of a building and a third after being hit by a truck, according to the health authorities in Macao.
Headmaster Fernando Chui Sai-on said it was the biggest storm recorded in Macao in 53 years, adding that it had had a severe impact throughout the city.
He expressed his condolences to the families of those who died and expressed his sympathy for all those affected by the typhoon.
“The government is making continuous efforts to coordinate the restoration of water and electricity supply to ensure that the Macao public can return to normal life as soon as possible,” Chui said in his report.
In Hong Kong, more than 120 were injured, as the financial hub was hit by hurricane winds and heavy rains.
In Guangdong, four people were killed and one was missing.
The government evacuated 26,817 people to temporary shelters. Approximately 664 hectares of agricultural land were damaged.
Power transmission facilities suffered heavy losses, disrupting the supply of electricity to 1.91 million households. About half of the households had a power of return towards the end of yesterday.
In Zhuhai, a ship that lost control in the midst of high winds and tides struck a jetty of a major bridge, causing the surface of the bridge to tilt. The bridge, part of a coastal road, was separated.
Alerts for landslides, floods and other geological disasters have been published.
“Compared to other typhoons, Hato moved quickly, developed rapidly more powerful and caused massive amounts of precipitation,” said Wu Zhifang, chief weather forecast of the Guangdong Meteorological Bureau.
Meteorologists had already warned of unusually high flooding as the typhoon came during high tides.
Hundreds of thousands of residents in low-lying areas, coastal fish farmers and tourists were transferred to safer places.
In one of the hardest hit areas, 19 villages near the city of Guanghai, Taishan City, were flooded and power was cut off. However, no casualties were reported as the evacuation began early.
In Zhuhai, trees and billboards were destroyed. In a wharf, the boats were pushed on the shore while the vehicles on the roads were floated. But the flood waters began to recede.
Huang Xin, an employee of a fishing gear store at the wharf, said the door and store windows were broken by high tides. The boats, while being moored, were damaged ….