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Typhoon Hato: Twelve killed as storm sweeps south China

Issue Time:2017-08-25

Typhoon Hato: Twelve killed as storm sweeps south China

A powerful storm has swept across southern China, leaving 12 dead and hundreds of people injured.

Typhoon Hato made landfall at noon on Wednesday near Zhuhai city in Guangdong province,bringing with it strong winds and lashing rain.

Hong Kong raised its typhoon warning signal to 10, the highest level. The territory and nearby Macau were brought to a standstill.

The storm caused widespread flooding, blackouts and destruction.

Eight people were killed in Macau, while four were reported dead in mainland China.Another person remains unaccounted for, according to local media.

Businesses,schools, train stations and airports were forced to shut on Wednesday, with only one aeroplane managing to land at Hong Kong's normally busy airport, the South China Morning Post reported.

The storm is estimated to have cost the global financial centre up to HK$8bn (£800m; $1bn).

Hato, which means"pigeon" in Japanese, is still making its way westwards inland but islosing power, according to Hong Kong authorities.

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