Rescuers save crew of foundering cargo ship as storm batters cities
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.