Death toll rises to 12 as typhoon Hato hit Macau, Hong Kong

Aug 25, 2017, 01:24
Death toll rises to 12 as typhoon Hato hit Macau, Hong Kong

According to the Hong Kong government, nearly 700 reports of fallen trees were made across the city, while over 100 people were injured.

The typhoon made landfall on Wednesday, bringing winds of up to 160 kilometre per hour to the mouth of the Pearl river and heavy rain to nearby regions, the local meteorological bureau said.

On Aug. 23 at 5 a.m. EDT (0900 UTC) the Joint Typhoon Warning Center issued their final warning on Typhoon Hato.

In Zhuhai, which borders Macau, some 275 homes had collapsed, with the typhoon causing an estimated 5.5 billion yuan (S$1.1 billion) in damage, according to state-run Beijing News.

The typhoon is the most powerful to have hit the region in more than half a century, media reports said on Thursday.

Flooding and power outages were also reported in Hong Kong and Macau, which lie across the water 64 kilometers (40 miles) from each other.

According to official sources, typhoon Hato has killed 8 people so far and has injured more than one hundred people.

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Hurricane Hato dropped a tree and blew a window at a skyscraper in Hong Kong, blowing the broken glass into the streets below.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday said it has not received reports of any Filipinos hurt after one of the strongest typhoons on record barreled into Hong Kong and Macau.

In Hong Kong, which lies across the water 64 kilometers from Macau, flooding and injuries were also reported, bit there were no reports of deaths. "I got out of the auto and picked them up so that people could use the roads again", he was quoted as saying.

The former Portuguese colony's casinos, however, had backup power, two casino executives told Reuters.

Hato has since been downgraded to a tropical storm and is expected to weaken as it moves inland over China.

As of this morning, the storm is still affecting casino resort operations in Macau as well as public transportation.

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