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Wednesday , 16 January 2019
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Typhoon Hato strikes Hong Kong and Macau with hurricane-strong winds

Around 6 people are reported to have been killed in the devastation caused by Typhoon Hato. Damage to properties and infrastructure has also been substantial. The Typhoon Hato hit Macau and Hong Kong, which are Chinese territories. The overall destruction caused by the typhoon is currently being estimated at several million dollars. 5 persons are said to have died in Macau whereas one person died in Hong Kong due to the typhoon. In Macau, the typhoon has caused severe flooding in many areas and people could be seen swimming in the streets. Several cars that were parked on the roads were swept away and drowned by the raging flood waters. Many of the popular casinos are located in Macau, and these were running on back-up generators, since power was disrupted due to the typhoon.

Several people have also been injured due to the typhoon. Reports indicate that the winds were so strong that many people were swept off their feet. Due to the typhoon, all transport such as ground, air and sea, have been halted as a safety measure. Many of the passengers at the airport are stranded, as around 50 flights have been cancelled. In Hong Kong, the typhoon forced the stock market to shut operations. The wind speed was as high as 207 km per hour and it tore down everything in its path including trees, windows and scaffolding. The overall rainfall was a staggering 400mm.

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