Severe Typhoon Hato struck the coast of China resulting in massive winds and flooding to Macau and Hong Kong. Twelve people have been reportedly killed and two remain missing after a 6-hour power outage which affected the majority of the establishments and some government departments. However, casinos were able to keep operating because they have backup power generators.
Among the casualties was a 62-year-old man whipped up from his 11th-floor balcony who died after falling seven stories, a 30-year-old foreigner worker crushed to ***** by a wall, a 45-year-old mainlander killed in a hit-and-run by a vehicle. Meanwhile, two other people were pulled out of a flooded shop by firemen on Rua de Cindo Outbro and were rushed to the hospital, however, they died after several hours. Four went missing near Fai Chi Kei; the search still continues.
Typhoon Hato was declared a Signal 10 Tropical Cyclone Warning (the highest-level storm alert) by the Hong Kong Observatory, the city’s weather service early Wednesday.
In a statement made on Thursday, Macau government spokesman said that it was the strongest storm to hit the city in 53 years and they are still working to restore the electricity supplies to the city in its Thursday statement. 60 million people were affected by this tragedy.
Different photos and videos of the storm fury which show the strong waves, how the scaffolding collapsed and flash flooding across the area.
The saddest part of this unfortunate event is that Hong Kos was about to lose about 8 Billion Hong Kong dollars. Majority of the businesses and families have lost their homes and properties.
We do hope that they can cope with this travesty and everyone is safe.
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