Typhoon Mangkhut hits South China, killing 4, injuring 213
Typhoon Mangkhut has rolled into southern China's Guangxi at a speed of 30 km per hour on Sunday night, after it made landfall in the city of Jiangmen in Guangdong Province.
High waves hitting the shores in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, September 16, 2018. [Photo: VCG]
Mangkhut, the 22nd typhoon of the year, has left at least four people dead in Guangdong as of 11 a.m. on Monday. While the storm skirted past Hong Kong, the city has still been battered by heavy rains and wind, leaving 213 injured. Hainan Province, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Macao Special Administrative Region are also being affected by strong gales and heavy downpours.
Rescue workers help residents evacuate from a flooded community in Hong Kong, September 16, 2018. [Photo: VCG]
Three people were killed by falling trees in Guangzhou, the provincial capital of Guangdong, while another person died from collapsing construction materials in the city of Dongguan, according to Guangdong's disaster relief authorities.
As of 11 p.m. Sunday, more than 3.11 million people had been relocated and over 49,000 fishing boats were called back to port in the province. Work has been suspended at more than 29,000 construction sites and 640 tourist spots have been closed. All flights had to be cancelled at the airports in Guangzhou and Shenzhen on Sunday. Flights have since resumed as of 8 a.m. on Monday. All high-speed train services and certian normal-speed rail services have been suspended.
Evacuees gather at temporary shelter in a basketball gym at a primary school in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, September 16, 2018. [Photo: VCG]
Over 400 flights in and out of Hainan were cancelled on Sunday morning. The Hainan provincial tourism department shut down all scenic areas, schools and outdoor businesses through Monday morning.
A citizen rides against storm in Yulin, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Sept. 16, 2018. Local meteorologic authority issued a red warning against typhoon on Sunday. [Photo: Xinhua]
228,000 people have been relocated in Guangxi, with 98 flights cancelled in the regional capital, Nanning, as of 7 p.m. on Sunday. All rail services between Guangxi and Guangdong were suspended on Sunday. In the region's coastal cities of Beihai, Qinzhou and Fangchenggang, over 8,000 fishing boats have returned to port. Schools are closed in in those cities this Monday.
Damaged windows on the One Harbourfront office tower due to Typhoon Mangkhut, Hong Kong, September 16, 2018. [Photo: VCG]
In Hong Kong, Hurricane Signal No. 10, the top level warning, was downgraded to Signal 8 at 7:40 p.m. on Sunday by the Hong Kong Observatory. 48 temporary shelters have been opened in various districts, where over 1,200 residents have sought refuge. There have been over 200 reports of fallen trees and localized flooding in Hong Kong. Close to 900 flights have been canceled in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Education Bureau has announced that all schools will remain closed through Monday.
Photo taken on Sept. 16, 2018 shows trees in the wind on the seaside in Hong Kong. [Photo: Xinhua]
In Macao, at least 15 people have reportedly been injured as of 7 p.m. on Sunday, with 182 reports of accidents, fallen trees or damage to buildings. Land, maritime and air links in and out of Macao had to be cancelled through Sunday. Power outages have also been reported in Macao.
Citizens walk along a waterlogged road in Macao, Sept. 16, 2018. [Photo: Xinhua]