Date
18 October 2018
Emergency personnel in Macau are seen riding a water motorbike to carry out rescue work after Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the gambling enclave on Sunday. Photo: Macau govt
Emergency personnel in Macau are seen riding a water motorbike to carry out rescue work after Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the gambling enclave on Sunday. Photo: Macau govt

Macau suffers flooding after Mangkhut but no repeat of Hato

Macau witnessed terrible flooding and power supply disruptions on Sunday after Typhoon Mangkhut, but fortunately there were no reports of human deaths unlike the case last year when the city was battered by a similar mega storm.

Manghut slammed into Macau yesterday, just like it struck Hong Kong, prompting a shutdown of the former Portuguese enclave, including the city’s famed casinos.

The super typhoon caused some low-lying areas to get submerged under several feet of water, forcing the local power utility to cut off electricity supply in the interest of public safety.

As emergency response personnel sprung into action, water motorbikes were used by some rescuers to navigate the floodwaters which reached chest-high in some places.

At 2 pm Sunday, the Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau issued the Fifth Level “Black” Storm Surge Warning, the highest on its five-level scale, predicting the water level to be above 2.5 meter from road level, which was more serious than what was seen when the city was hit by Typhoon Hato last year.

According to Macau’s Civil Protection Operations Centre, which had not asked the People’s Liberation Army Macao Garrison for assistance, it received a total of 155 reports in relation to flooding as of 5 am, as well as 26 reports of human injuries as of 8 am.

Luckily, the city did not see any casualties this time unlike last year when Typhoon Hato claimed 10 lives, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Mangkhut prompted the Typhoon Signal No. 10 in Macau at 11 am, the highest in the city’s storm warning system, before it was lowered to the signal No. 8 at 8 pm.

The super typhoon caused the so-called Las Vegas of the East to close all of its casinos on Sunday, the first time ever that such action was taken.

Meanwhile, the Macau International Airport canceled as many as 160 flights, with 17 more scheduled for cancellation on Monday.

At 4 am on Monday, Macau authorities issued the No. 3 signal, which remains in force as of now.

Gaming operations at all casinos in Macau was resumed starting at 8 am, according to a government press release.

After an inter-departmental meeting, Macau’s top leader, Fernando Chui Sai-on, announced on Sunday that all schools will remain closed on Monday.

Civil servants were also told that they don’t have to report for work today, barring those involved in services related to public safety and order.

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