Weather boss steps down as Macau struggles to recover from typhoon

Chow Yun-Fat spotted clearing uprooted tree from road after Typhoon Hato

The most powerful typhoon to hit the southern Chinese region in more than half a century bludgeoning into the city with winds of up to 200 kilometers per hour.

But the Hong Kong Observatory warned Friday night of another tropical cyclone heading towards the area, estimated it to make landfall on the Chinese coast some 177 kilometres west of Macau on Sunday night.

On Wednesday, a severe Typhoon struck Macau and Hong Kong, killing at least 16 and causing up to 8 billion Hong Kong dollars ($1.02 billion) in damages.

Hong Kong people's mentality was that "under "one country two systems", we should avoid the scene as much as we can for fear of encouraging Beijing's interference".

Hato, with destructive winds of more than 200kmh, was the worst storm since 1968 to hit Macau, causing nearly city-wide blackouts, flooding, disrupting water supplies, smashing scores of vehicles and damaging buildings.

Chief executive Fernando Chui, at a news conference on Thursday evening, announced the resignation of Fong Soi-kun, director of the Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau. Furthermore, the majority of residential property insurance are fire only policies, which fail to cover flood and water damage.

For the first time, Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops were deployed on the streets of Macau yesterday to help clean up in the aftermath of a devastating typhoon, amid criticism that the authorities were unprepared for the storm. Almost two million households were briefly without power. Infrastructure, however, has mostly failed to keep pace with this expansion despite the rise of a wave of glitzy new casino resorts. Here's a list of homeless charities in Hong Kong.

Pro-establishment lawmaker Wong Kwok-kin argued that only people prejudiced against mainland China would say seeking help from the Chinese army in disaster relief was a poor decision. Residents volunteered to pick debris off the streets alongside troops who were seen clearing away items ranging from computer equipment to gas cylinders.



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