Typhoon Hato tipped across southern China on Wednesday, battering Hong Kong and Macau, shaking skyscrapers, flooding streets and forcing thousands to flee to shelters.
Chaos and confusion gripped Macau, the former Portuguese territory, on Thursday after one of the strongest typhoons on record hit the territory, killing at least nine people, and leaving more than half the city still without water and power, and casinos relying on back-up generators.
Severely damaged buildings included the Portuguese School of Macau ,which was founded in 1998, when the territory was incorporated in China, after 500 years of Portuguese administration.
Rescuers on Thursday searched submerged cars for trapped people while overwhelmed emergency services scrambled to respond to crisis calls.
Macau’s government broadcaster TDM said Typhoon Hato, a maximum signal 10 storm, was the strongest since 1968 to hit the world’s biggest gambling hub and home to around 600,000 people.