Weather boss steps down as Macau struggles to recover from typhoon

26 August, 2017, 01:17 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
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About 1,000 troops from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Garrison in Macao were mobilized on Friday to support the relief efforts of the disaster caused by typhoon Hato in the Macao SAR.

At least 9 people have been killed following Typhoon Hato after a storm that left a trail of destruction across southern China, and battered Hong Kong's skyscrapers.

The authorities have said that a thousand soldiers had been mobilized Friday morning.

The Macau government said two bodies were found in a flooded auto park early yesterday, and that two more people died when they were trapped in the basement of their shop.

Chinese troops are rarely seen on Macau streets. A further eight people are known to have died in the neighbouring Chinese province of Guangdong. "There is a real air of despondency". "There are so many disasters in China, they can handle it in a couple of days, a situation like this could be quite easy for them", he said. "These two days, we have faced an extremely hard test together". There was severe flooding on the streets, with some cars nearly completely submerged in the floods, and the water supply were affected in some districts.

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Amid mounting outrage at the government's handling of the storm, including the perceived failure to adequately warn residents as it approached, Macau leader Fernando Chui apologised and said the local observatory's head would step down. "It will probably take at least a week to normalise again and for visitors to feel comfortable about coming again", gaming analyst Ben Lee of IGamiX consultancy told AFP, adding that some casinos were unprepared for the severity of the storm.

In Hong Kong, airports and terminals on Thursday were working to clear the backlog caused by the storm.

According to a senior scientific officer for the Hong Kong observatory, there are warnings that sea levels could rise several meters in some places, with the government issuing flood alerts and opening 27 shelters across the city.

More than 120 people were injured as the city was lashed by hurricane winds and pounding rain.

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