World’s biggest storm this year reached China after rocking Hong Kong and injuring more than 100 residents
Some roads in Hong Kong were waist-deep in water with parts of the city cut off by floods and fallen trees
Police in the Philippines said at least 40 people – mostly gold miners – are feared trapped in a landslide today
By TIM STICKINGS
16 September 2018
Typhoon Mangkhut has made landfall in south China’s Guangdong province, bringing torrential rains and winds of 100mph to follow the devastation it has caused in the Philippines and Hong Kong.
The world’s biggest storm this year reached China after rocking Hong Kong earlier on Sunday, injuring more than 100 people and leaving skyscrapers swaying in the fierce winds.
This morning waters surged in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour and coastal fishing villages, from which hundreds of residents were evacuated to storm shelters.
Some roads were waist-deep in water with parts of the city cut off by floods and fallen trees, while in the fishing village of Tai O, where many residents live in stilt houses built over the sea, some desperately tried to bail out their inundated homes.
Police in the Philippines say at least 40 people, mostly gold miners, are feared trapped in a landslide in the north of the country, after 30 were killed on Saturday.
Preparations were in high gear on China’s southern coast, including in Yangjiang, which is not often hit by major typhoons and where the city’s 2.4 million people were bracing for a direct hit.
Two nuclear power plants in the path of the storm were ‘in combat readiness’ as the typhoon approached, the South China Morning Post reported.
The nuclear plants, taking particular care since an earthquake and tsunami prompted the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, have emergency personnel on standby.
In the neighbouring enclave of Macau, all 42 casinos shut Saturday night and businesses were shuttered Sunday morning, some boarded up and protected by piles of sandbags.