Coloane in Macau, where foreigners joined with local people and groups to clean up the streets after Typhoon Pakhar. Photo: Google Maps

The trail of destruction caused by two typhoons – Hato and Pakhar – which swept through Macau over the past week, left the former Portuguese enclave with streets covered with rubbish and debris.

While troops from the People’s Liberation Army and other volunteer groups helping to cleanup Macau’s downtown area, more than 400 volunteers joined in to clean up Coloane, one of the two main islands, Va Kio Daily reported.

Foreigners who live in Coloane joined hands with local residents, volunteers from different associations such as the University of Macau and police schools to clear the streets since Thursday.

On Sunday, around 20 foreign staffers, including a pregnant woman, from City of Dreams’ the House of Dancing Water formed a team of volunteers and helped in the cleanup of Coloane.

More than 25 trucks were filled up with soaked goods after being washed down the streets, and another 25 trucks filled with fallen tree branches and rubbish in the first two days of cleaning.

Meanwhile, a video and photos showing old women and foreign domestic workers opening trash bags placed outside a supermarket on Avenida do Almirante Lacerda – searching for goods they could use –went viral on social media, reported.

The women got some clothes, handbags and umbrellas, before leaving the bags open after they had searched through them, leaving a mess and a bad smell on the streets.

The rubbish had been collected by volunteers and was left for garbage trucks to collect.