Res­cuers save crew of founder­ing cargo ship as storm bat­ters cities

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Top News - By LI WENFANG in Guangzhou and LUIS LIU in Hong Kong Hong Tai 176

Ty­phoon Pakhar put the lives of a cargo ship crew in dan­ger off Hong Kong as it up­rooted trees and caused flood­ing and black­outs on Sunday in Guang­dong prov­ince coastal cities, which were still re­cov­er­ing from Ty­phoon Hato’s dev­as­ta­tion.

Pakhar packed winds up to 119 kilo­me­ters per hour when it made land­fall at 9 am in Tais­han, Guang­dong. Four days be­fore, Hato, the strong­est ty­phoon in China this year, landed less than 100 kilo­me­ters away, leav­ing 18 dead in the prov­ince and neigh­bor­ing Ma­cao.

The Hong Kong Mar­itime Res­cue Co­or­di­na­tion Cen­tre re­ceived a dis­tress call on Sunday morn­ing from a cargo ves­sel sink­ing in the storm 64 nau­ti­cal miles east of Hong Kong. The 11 crew mem­bers on­board the were safely res­cued by two air­craft of the SAR’s Fly­ing Ser­vice.

Mean­while, on Hong Kong’s Kowloon Peak, two hik­ers had been stranded since Satur­day night. The city dis­patched fire­fight­ers, fire ve­hi­cles and am­bu­lances to save them, and they were es­corted down­hill at noon and taken to a hos­pi­tal.

Pakhar dam­aged power sup­ply sta­tions and caused black­outs af­fect­ing thou­sands in Foshan and Shen­zhen, Guang­dong.

Some roads in Zhuhai, one of the cities worse hit by Hato, were soaked again by Pakhar’s rain­fall on Sunday morn­ing. Sev­eral bridges, part of the ex­press­ways and some roads were tem­po­rar­ily closed.

Three se­cu­rity guards at a res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity in Shen­zhen were in­jured when the wind top­pled a tree that hit park­ing fee col­lec­tion booth, Guang­dong TV re­ported.

The Zhong­shan Mar­itime Ad­min­is­tra­tion res­cued 28 peo­ple on three fish­ing and mer­chant ships near Mo­daomen Es­tu­ary.

Zhang Jiarui, who lives in an aban­doned fac­tory in Ma­gang, Jiang­men, hun­kered down in­doors with his par­ents when Pakhar came ashore, up­root­ing trees and caus­ing power out­ages.

“We knew the ty­phoon was com­ing, and we bought food and daily ne­ces­si­ties in town.

were evac­u­ated be­fore the ty­phoon hit Jiang­men.

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