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.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

USA slaps new sanctions on Venezuela
Several prominent opposition mayors have been removed or ordered arrested by the pro-government supreme court. A woman held a sign at the event that read, "Venezuelan resistance asks for military resistance".

IPhone 8 Price Leak Hints At Mammoth Leap From Last Year
Whenever the iPhone 8 releases though, make sure you have $1,000 on-hand if you want to be the first to have one. Speculations are that the iPhone 8 could be the most expensive smartphone ever launched by Apple .

Taylor Swift is now a retailer of snake jewelry
Thrilled, the British band took to Twitter to express their thanks for Swift's "marvelous reinvention". Thursday night, the pop star released a bad Lorde single called " Look What You Made Me Do ".

Weidman and Mousasi to Meet at UFC 210 in Intriguing Crossroads Fight
Coming off two very tough losses, the American has taken what could well be the most difficult option currently available to him. The stacked bill will be held in Buffalo, New York, on April 8.

Other news