Macau enlists Chinese army asauthorities struggle with typhoon fallout

27 August, 2017, 01:30 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Chow Yun-Fat spotted clearing uprooted tree from road after Typhoon Hato

Hato, with destructive winds of more than 200 kph (124 mph), was the worst storm since 1968 to hit Macau, causing nearly city-wide blackouts, flooding, disrupting water supplies, smashing scores of vehicles and damaging buildings. Chinese troops are rarely seen on Macau streets.

HONG KONG | soldiers have joined Friday relief to Macao, where at least ten people are dead after the passage of typhoon Hato, plunging the paradise of the game asian in the black-and causing devastating floods.

More than 120 people were injured, but the city has not suffered any death, which owed much to the prudent, the degree of planning and the long experience of authorities in the matter.

Macau has been rapidly transformed since its return from Portuguese to Chinese rule in 1999 into a gambling hub many times larger than Las Vegas, with major USA casinos piling in.

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Twenty water trucks were sent by the government of Guangdong province on Saturday to the streets of Macau to help distribute water.

"We will speed up the work and make good use of time as the new typhoon is approaching", he said.

Video footage sent by Macau residents to Reuters showed a man struggling to keep his head above water in an enclosed auto park filled with debris, a truck toppling over and pedestrians flung across pavements. "We live like refugees", said a resident in her 60s surnamed Yeung.

The No. 10 signal has only been hoisted 14 other times since 1946, or one for every 72 storms, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

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According to the Hong Kong Observatory, Pakhar is predicted to be an estimated 70 percent chance of striking the Macau/Hong Kong area early next week, cited by SCMP.

Authorities have struggled to restore order in the city of 600,000, with some residents having to queue for water from fire hydrants.

The storm also caused a power blackout across most of the gambling hub of Macau for about two hours, residents said, with disruption to mobile phone and internet networks.

Infrastructure, however, has mostly failed to keep pace with its development despite the rise of a wave of glitzy casino resorts.

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The city could have suffered losses of HK$8 billion ($1.02 billion), Chinese University of Hong Kong economics professor Terence Chong told AFP, referring to the value of its daily GDP.

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