South African in Hong Kong witnesses Typhoon Mangkhut wreaking havoc

A super typhoon made landfall in China’s Guangdong this weekend wreaking havoc in Hong Kong and Macau and killing potentially more than 50 people in the Philippines.

At a wind speed of more than 200 kph, tropical cyclone Mangkhut is considered the strongest to hit the region this year.

Marco Li, who grew up in South Africa, but is now a resident of Hong Kong says this typhoon was scary and severe.

He says there are normally 3-4 typhoons a year but this one was one of the biggest and most destructive.

Compared to others, a lot of trees have fallen and a lot of signboards have fallen. Usually, when you imagine the image of Hong Kong there is a lot of signboards but they are all gone.

Marco Li, Hong Kong resident

For the very first time, I felt the building really shaking ...

Marco Li, Hong Kong resident

Li says there were not many deaths compared to other Typhoons because the emergency services prepared residents beforehand.

He says a notice has been issued by the government that schools will be closed for a day and that employers should be lenient on employees who can't get to work.

The disaster management has already started removing the trees off the major roads, says Li.


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : South African in Hong Kong witnesses Typhoon Mangkhut wreaking havoc


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