China, Hong Kong brace for Ty­phoon Mangkhut, as toll rises to 36

Iran Daily - - International -

Hong Kong and south­ern China braced on Sun­day as strong winds and heavy rain from Ty­phoon Mangkhut lashed the densely pop­u­lated coast, a day af­ter the big­gest storm of the year left at least 36 dead in the north­ern Philip­pines, with dozens of oth­ers miss­ing.

Nearly half a mil­lion peo­ple had been evac­u­ated from seven cities in Guang­dong prov­ince of China, and the Hong Kong Ob­ser­va­tory warned peo­ple to stay away from the Vic­to­ria Har­bor land­mark, where storm surges bat­tered the wa­ter­front re­in­forced with sand­bags, al­jazeera.com re­ported.

Mangkhut made land­fall in Guang­dong on Sun­day.

The national me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal cen­ter said south­ern China “will face a se­vere test caused by wind and rain” and urged of­fi­cials to pre­pare for pos­si­ble dis­as­ters.

On Sun­day morn­ing, the ty­phoon packed sus­tained winds of 155 kilo­me­ters an hour and gusts of up to 190 km/h.

The Hong Kong Ob­ser­va­tory said although Mangkhut had weak­ened slightly, its ex­ten­sive, in­tense rain­bands were bring­ing heavy down­fall and fre­quent squalls.

Hun­dreds of flights were can­celed. All high-speed and some nor­mal rail ser­vices in Guang­dong and Hainan prov­inces were also halted on Sun­day, the China Rail­way Guangzhou Group Co. said.

Footage posted on so­cial me­dia showed fierce winds throw­ing peo­ple to the ground, sway­ing build­ings, smashed win­dows and se­ri­ous flood­ing.

A video re­port­edly filmed in Hong Kong’s Kowloon area showed scaf­fold­ing col­laps­ing at a build­ing site.

VIN­CENT YU/AP Strong wind pushes waves up onto the wa­ter­front of Vic­to­ria Har­bor in Hong Kong.

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