Hong Kong Port Shuts for Typhoon Hato

 25 Aug 2017 10.30am

Port of Hong Kong suspended all operations amid Typhoon Hato's heavy wind and rain, according to the Maritime Executive.

A video by Spanish freight company Cargo Services Group shows containers tumbling from stacks.

Hong Kong’s port Authority suspended operations on August 23, 2017.

Vessels were not allowed to enter the port and ferry services to Macau and to Hong Kong's outlying islands were cancelled. There were reports of storm damage to a terminal halting passenger services between Zhuhai and mainland China.

While there were no fatalities in Hong Kong, 16 people were reported dead in nearby Macau after the city center flooded.

Cargo vessel Uha 1 was grounded near Discovery Bay residential community, and its crew had to swim to shore.

Extensive damage was also reported in Vietnam's Lao Cai province and in China's Guangdong province.

Chinese authorities have ordered evacuation for around 4,000 people in Zhuhai, and recalled hundreds of fishing boats.

This is not the only typhoon that has struck Asia in recent years. In 2016, Typhoon Chaba caused massive destruction in South Korea, flooding its major ports and closing shipbuilding yards, and is heading for Japan according to reports.

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