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362 people injured during typhoon

2018-09-16 HKT 19:11
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Some 362 people had sought treatment at the city's hospitals by Sunday evening and the emergency services warned that the 999 hotline was extremely busy, as the extent of the damage wreaked by Severe Typhoon Mangkhut slowly became clear.

Officials said they had received more than 150 reports of fallen trees and 19 reports of flooding.

Many roads remained closed due to collapsed trees and fallen debris, including the Lion Rock Tunnel which was shut in both directions.

Power supplies to thousands of homes had been disrupted. CLP said customers were being affected “to different extents”, with blackouts reported in some places and voltage dips across a wide area.

CLP said repairs would be carried out as soon as possible, while Hong Kong Electric said despite brief voltage drops, its supplies had since returned to normal.

Meanwhile, the police urged people in need of help to directly call their local police stations, instead of dialling 999. They said the emergency hotline had received an extremely high volume of calls.

The Airport Authority warned that it would take up to two days to clear a backlog of flights at Chek Lap Kok, being as the territory's weather was expected to remain unstable until around noon on Monday.

A total of 889 flights were cancelled on Sunday and the airport was set to operate around the clock from Monday to get passengers away.

Mangkhut's winds of more than 100 kilometres an hour also toppled cranes and brought scaffolding and signposts crashing down, with some people having the windows blown out of their homes.


Last updated: 2018-09-17 HKT 00:45