Typhon leaves 12 dead in Southern China
Aug 24, Beijing: A typhoon in Southern China has left 12 dead and hundreds of people injured, as it swept accross the Southern reagion and brought Hong Kong to a standstill as many businesses remain closed on Wednesday.
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.
Media captionWeather authorities raised the hurricane threat to 10, the highest level, for the first time in five years
Chinese state media said nearly 27,000 people on the mainland were evacuated.
Authorities have issued alerts for landslides, flooding and other geological disasters, reported Xinhua.
The Oslo Times International News Network