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Sunday, September 16, 2018, 19:18
Typhoon: Flooding, building damages reported in HK, Macao
By He Shusi
Sunday, September 16, 2018, 19:18 By He Shusi

A man struggles to wade through water Heng Fa Chuen in Chai Wan as rough sea sent tons of waters with “super typhoon” Mangkhut approaching Hong Kong, Sept 16, 2018. (ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY)

SHENZHEN – Flooding and damaged buildings were reported across Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions and Guangdong province, as "super typhoon" Mangkhut with a record severity is sweeping past the Pearl River Delta (PRD), bringing intense winds and heavy rain. 

Winds started to weaken in Hong Kong as “super typhoon” Mangkhut started to depart the city in the afternoon

In a 6:45pm bulletin, the Hong Kong Observatory said Mangkhut was departing Hong Kong gradually, and local winds are weakening. 

Mangkhut landed at 5 pm on Sunday on the coast of Jiangmen City, south China's Guangdong province, packing winds up to 162 km per hour, Xinhua reported quoting the provincial meteorological station.

Smashed windows, uprooted trees, rough waves crashing against the breakwater, swaying buildings, falling walls and flooded lobbies of residential estates were seen from images and videos posted on social media across cities in the PRD region.

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In Hong Kong, the Home Affairs Department has so far opened 48 temporary shelters in various districts and 1,219 people have sought refuge at the shelters.      

According to the Hospital Authority, 213 people – 117 men and 96 women – sought medical treatment at public hospitals during the typhoon period as of 5 pm.

As heavy rainstorm is affecting the city, the Hong Kong Observatory announced flooding in northern New Territories at 11:25 am. 

As of 5 pm, the 1823 Government Call Centre received 179 reports of fallen tree and the Drainage Services Department has received 26 confirmed flooding cases.

A car is seen stranded in the water Heng Fa Chuen as “super typhoon” Mangkhut's intense rainbands affect Hong Kong, bringing frequent squalls and heavy rain, Sept 16, 2018. (ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY)

All 999 telephone hotlines are in operations.  The police also suggested people call nearby police stations (https://www.police.gov.hk/ppp_en/contact_us.html) for assistance.

Meanwhile, the weather authority also issued a landslip warning at 2:20 pm. 

According to the Civil Engineering and Development Department and Lands Department, no report of landslide has been received.

A general view of Victoria Habour during the approach of super Typhoon Mangkhut to Hong Kong on Sept 16, 2018 as “Super Typhoon” Mangkhut, the biggest storm to hit the region this year, has smashed through the Philippines. (PHILIP FONG / AFP)

The Education Bureau announced suspension of classes at all schools across Hong Kong on Monday due to the typhoon.

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This is the first Signal No 10 typhoon to hit the region, after Typhoon Hato seriously damaged the west coast of PRD in August last year.

The strong wind fell a tree in Wan Chai “super typhoon” Mangkhut approaches Hong Kong, Sept 16, 2018. (ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY)

The Macao SAR issued a No. 10 signal at 11 am. The SAR’s Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau issued black storm surge warning at 2 pm and warned of worse flooding in the city than last year’s Hato, which killed 10 people and caused billions of economic loss. 

In Hong Kong, 745 residents are in temporary shelters set up by the government, by early Sunday afternoon.

heshusi@chinadailyhk.com

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