The death toll has increased to eight, with at least 150 others injured, in Macau after Typhoon Hato hit the city on Wednesday, affecting the supplies of water and electricity.
Video and photos circulated on social media and WhatsApp showed streets in the former Portuguese enclave flooded, strong winds sending pedestrians sliding on the sidewalks, water rushing into basement parking lots, and a lot of trees uprooted.
The eight fatalities included a 62-year-old man who fell from the 11th floor of a building to the fourth-floor podium and was certified dead at the scene, Macao Daily reported.
A 30-year-old foreign migrant worker was hit by a falling wall in Edifício do Lago and killed.
A 50-year-old man and his 40-year-old sister were found dead after being trapped by water in the basement of a shop on Rua de Cinco de Outubro, Tai Chung Pou reported, adding that a 70-year-old local woman was found dead in a flooded shop in Patio do Serralheiro.
A 45-year-old man from mainland China who was hit and run over by a truck died of his injuries in hospital.
Police received reports of some people trapped inside basement parking lots in Classic Bay and Grandeur Heights in Patane and Edificio Hang Tak on Rua de São Joao de Brito, Apple Daily reported. In the early hours on Thursday, two men were found dead after being trapped in floodwater for 16 hours in the parking lot of the Classic Bay building.
Electricity and water supplies in the casino hub were disrupted from noon on Wednesday. As of 9am on Thursday, basic electricity had been restored but around 40,000 households were still blacked out, according to a post on Macao Daily News’ Facebook page.
Some areas remained short of water, with people posting on social media that two bottles of distilled water cost 150 patacas (US$18), Oriental Daily reported.