Typhoon Hato in southern China claimed at least 16 lives and injured over 150 others

Vastavam web: Typhoon Hato, the strongest to hit southern China in 53 years, left a trail of death and destruction in the region with Macau and Hong Kong bearing the brunt of the storm that has claimed at least 16 lives and injured over 150 others.The former Portuguese enclave of Macau was still without electricity as the typhoon claimed the lives of at least eight people.Hato, the 13th typhoon this year, landed in the city of Zhuhai in southern China’s Guangdong province on Wednesday, bringing gales of up to 45 metres per second. It brought winds of up to 160 km per hour to the Pearl river and heavy rain to nearby regions, the local meteorological bureau said.

When the typhoon swept past the gambling hub of Macau, a wall brought down by strong winds killed a man. Another person died after falling from the 11th floor of a building, and a third after being hit by a truck, according to Macau health authorities. Two more bodies were found in a flooded car park this morning.Chief Executive of Macau Fernando Chui Sai-on said it was the strongest storm recorded in Macau in 53 years, adding that it had a severe impact across the city.

“The government is dedicating continued effort regarding coordinating the restoration of water and electricity supplies in order to ensure the Macau public can resume their normal lives as quickly as possible,” Chui was quoted as saying by the report.In Hong Kong, more than 120 were injured as the financial hub was lashed with hurricane winds and heavy rains.The special administrative region of China suffered no fatalities even as floods inundated low-lying and coastal areas.In Guangdong, at least eight people were killed and one remained unaccounted for

The government has evacuated 26,817 people to temporary shelters. About 664 hectares of farmland has been damagedPower transmission facilities suffered heavy loss, disrupting electricity supply to 1.91 million households.Alerts for landslides, flooding and other geological disasters have been issued

“Compared to other typhoons, Hato moved fast, quickly grew more powerful and caused massive amounts of rainfall,” Wu Zhifang, chief weather forecaster at Guangdong meteorological bureau, said.Meteorologists had earlier warned of unusually high flooding as the typhoon came during high tidesHundreds of thousands of residents in low-lying areas, workers on coastal fish farms and tourists have been transferred to safer places.Huang Xin, an employee of a fishing gear shop at the wharf, said the shop’s gate and windows were broken by huge tides. Boats, though being moored, were damaged

Across the province, classes and work were suspended in many cities. Several expressways were closed and train services haltedAt least six ships on the mouth of the Pearl river have reported emergencies. Maritime rescue workers saved 118 crew, according to the Ministry of Transportation.In Guangxi, more than 15,000 workers at the local power grid were put on standby while precautions have been taken to minimise the damage caused by potential flooding and landslides