Typhoon Mangkhut rips through HK, Tai­wan

Manila Times - - World -

HONG KONG: Typhoon Mangkhut rocked Hong Kong en route to main­land China on Sun­day, in­jur­ing scores and send­ing sky­scrapers sway­ing, af­ter killing at least 30 peo­ple in the Philip­pines and rip­ping a swathe of de­struc­tion through its agri­cul­tural heart­land.

The world’s big­gest storm this year left large ex­panses in the north of the main Philip­pine main is­land of Lu­zon un­der­wa­ter as fierce winds tore trees from the ground and rain un­leashed dozens of land­slides.

In Hong Kong weather au­thor­i­ties is­sued their max­i­mum alert for the storm, which bat­tered the city with gusts of more than 230 kilo­me­ters per hour (kph) and left over 100 in­jured, ac­cord­ing to

As the storm passed south of Hong Kong, trees were snapped in half and roads blocked, while some win­dows in tower blocks were smashed and sky­scrapers swayed, as they are de­signed to do in in­tense gales.

In ad­di­tion to the 30 killed in the Philip­pines, a woman was swept out to sea in Tai­wan.

Wa­ters surged in Hong Kong’s

Pedes­tri­ans in Yangjiang, in China’s Guang­dong prov­ince, try to bat­tle the strong winds and heavy rains of Su­per Typhoon Mangkhut on Septem­ber 16. fa­mous Vic­to­ria Har­bor and coastal fish­ing vil­lages, from which hun­dreds of res­i­dents were evac­u­ated to storm shel­ters.

Some roads were waist- deep in wa­ter with parts of the city cut

Sun­day af­ter­noon con­tin­ued.

as the


where many res­i­dents live in stilt houses built over the sea, some des­per­ately tried to bail out their in­un­dated homes.

“Flood­wa­ter is rush­ing into my home but I’m con­tin­u­ously shov­el­ing the wa­ter out. It’s a race

King-che­ung told AFP by phone.

The gov­ern­ment warned peo­ple to stay in­doors but some ven­tured out, head­ing to the coast to take pho­tos.

A cou­ple and child were seen by an AFP re­porter tak­ing pic­tures on a pier known as a pop­u­lar In­sta­gram spot as waves surged into it and al­most sub­merged it.

Oth­ers stayed at home but were

their apart­ments.

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