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Hong Kong shut down, Hainan evacuated as Typhoon Nesat strikes

media A man takes a picture of a cargo barge after it ran aground in Hong Kong … Reuters/Bobby Yip

Hong Kong’s business district was empty Thursday and 100,000 people were evacuated from Hainan as Typhoon Nesat passed across South China Sea. Meanwhile, the Philippines struggled to put right storm damage with 35 reported dead and 45 still missing.

The Hong Kong Observatory lowered its tropical cyclone warning from eight to three during the afternoon after the storm moved on to Hainan and Macau but earlier the usually bustling business district was empty and schools and transport were closed.

Three people were injured by falling scaffolding and about 50 people were moved from their homes after a barge slipped its moorings and crashed into a seawall. At least 287 flights were disrupted at Hong Kong International Airport.

Nesat, the strongest storm typhoon to hit China this year, hit Hainan’s Wenchang city with winds of up to 150 kilometres an hour.

A number eight warning was also issued in Macau, leading to public transport and schools closing there.

Nearly 170,000 people were in evacuation centres in the northern Philippines island of Luzon on Thursday, while farmers struggled to save what they could of their rice crop, which was ready for harvest.

At least 35 people were reported to have died and 45 were missing, with the death toll would rise. Officials said that most of the victims were fishermen who set sail despite the storm warnings.Nearly 170,000 people were in evacuation centres in the northern Philippines island of Luzon on Thursday, while farmers struggled to save what they could of their rice crop, which was ready for harvest.

At least 35 people were reported to have died and 45 were missing, with the death toll would rise. Officials said that most of the victims were fishermen who set sail despite the storm warnings.
 

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