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10 dead as typhoon smashes into Macau, HK and south China

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HONG KONG: Typhoon Hato ripped a path of destruction across southern China on Wednesday (Aug 23) , killing 10 people after battering Hong Kong skyscrapers, flooding streets and forcing thousands to flee to shelters. The storm had raised Hong Kong’s most severe Typhoon…
HONG KONG: Typhoon Hato ripped a path of destruction across southern China on Wednesday (Aug 23) , killing 10 people after battering Hong Kong skyscrapers, flooding streets and forcing thousands to flee to shelters.
The storm had raised Hong Kong’s most severe Typhoon 10 warning, only the third time a storm of this power has pounded the financial hub in the past 20 years.
Five people were killed in the gambling mecca of Macau, where local media showed cars underwater and people swimming along what are normally streets. The enclave’s famed mega-casinos were running on backup generators.
One man died after being injured by a wall that blew down, another fell from a fourth floor terrace and another was a Chinese tourist hit by a truck, the Macau government said. Details on the two other victims there were not immediately available.
The powerful storm earlier swept through neighbouring Hong Kong, where an 83-year-old man died after he fell into the sea, police said. More than 120 were injured as the territory was lashed with hurricane winds and pounding rain.
In the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, at least four people died and 26,817 people evacuated to temporary shelters, the official Xinhua news agency said. Nearly two million households were briefly without power.
Authorities issued alerts over possible landslides and flooding as the typhoon continued on a path inland.
In Macau, people swam through muddy water on what are normally roads, as others were swept off their feet by winds, footage from Apple Daily showed.

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