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Life in Macau returns to normal after Super Typhoon Mangkhut

Macau begins recovery after battered by Typhoon Mangkhut on Sunday. The typhoon caused floods in the low lying areas of the city but no casualties were reported.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:45 am

Macau begins recovery after battered by Typhoon Mangkhut on Sunday. The typhoon caused floods in the low lying areas of the city but no casualties were reported.

The super typhoon reached the nearest distance of 70 kilometers from Macau with bursts winds as high as 200 kilometers per hour, before moving to the coast of China’s Guangdong province.

The floods in the Inner Harbor area of ​​Macau reached about two meters high on Sunday when the typhoon struck most intensely in the afternoon

Authorities said that 182 incidents occurred on Sunday as a result of the typhoon, with 18 people injured and 6000 residents evacuated from low-lying areas of the city due to flooding.

The government has set up 16 centers to accommodate residents who need to leave their homes as a result of the bad weather.

Repair work on power stations that have left more than 20,000 homes out of electricity have been carried out.

All government  departments is  closed today.

The three bridges between Macau and Taipa and the two borders with Mainland China are reopened while the maritime link with Hong Kong resumed and the airport returned to normal operations.

Bus routes are also running. All schools in Macau are closed.

The banks and commercial activities in Macau returned to normality.

All casinos reopened today after almost a 24 hour stoppage.

Cleaning teams are removing fallen trees and wreckage in the streets caused by the typhoon. Typhoon 10 sign was hoisted for nine hours at its peak.

At 11 am on 17 August, the typhoon was 560 kilometers away from Macau, already in mainland China, but typhoon signal number 3 is still in force due to the strong winds that can reach 110 kilometers per hour.

Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM), security police and fire brigade members are cleaning debris on the territory’s streets.

In a public statement on Sunday, the Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chan said that the preventive measures taken by the government and the population prevent calamities similar to those occurred in 2017 when Typhoon Hato ripped Macau, killing 10 people and causing billions of dollars in damage.

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:45 am

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