Typhoon Hato kills 16 in Macau

MNA International Desk: At least 16 people were killed and many are still missing after one of the strongest typhoons on record barrelled into the southern Chinese territory of Macau, reported news agency.

Macau’s government broadcaster TDM said Typhoon Hato, a maximum category 10 storm, was the strongest since 1968.

Hato on Wednesday battered the financial hub of Hong Kong, uprooting trees, flooding streets, forcing hundreds of airline flights to be cancelled and halting financial trading. There were reports of 34 people injured in Hong Kong, which had not been hit by a category 10 typhoon for five years.

Winds of more than 200 kmh smashed into apartments across the area, breaking large doors and sending sheets of glass flying through the air.

Macau’s water system pumps were severely damaged and power was cut to over half of the area, home to around 600,000 people.

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