Published: Thursday 24 August, 2017

WATCH Typhoon Hato Batters Hong Kong & Macau: 12 Dead, Dozens Injured

Severe Typhoon Hato left a path of death death and destruction in Hong Kong and Macau. The death toll rose to at least 12, eight of which are from Macau. Dozens are reported injured in the worst typhoon to directly hit the area in 20 years.

Severe Typhoon Hato

Severe Typhoon Hato battering Hong Kong harbor. (AP photo)

Many residents were left unprepared for Severe Typhoon Hato. Though forecasts said it would hurricane strength, Hato arrived swiftly after skirting the top of the Philippine archipelago just a day before. And as it left the Philippines, Severe Typhoon Hato gathered more speed and strength.

Macau was more severely hit than Hong Kong. Casinos suffered extensive damage, there is no power and mobile phone signal. And flooding in many areas was severe.