Southern China, Hong Kong assess losses from Typhoon Hato

Three killed as Typhoon Hato hits HK

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The most powerful typhoon to hit southern China in five years has killed at least 16 people, forced the Hong Kong stock market to suspend trading and led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

Typhoon Hato made landfall at noon on Wednesday near Zhuhai city in Guangdong province, bringing with it strong winds and lashing rain.

Hato has now been downgraded to a tropical storm and is expected to weaken further as it moves inland over China.

"The government is dedicating continued effort regarding coordinating the restoration of water and electricity supplies in order to ensure the Macau public can resume their normal lives as quickly as possible", Chui was quoted as saying by the report. At least two other people were listed as missing.

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Sands China Ltd said in a Thursday statement that services at its Sands Macao property on the peninsula were "significantly reduced on Wednesday 23 August due to power and water outage".

Al Jazeera's Divya Gopalan reports from Hong Kong. Experts told local media business closures, canceled flights and other storm-related disruptions could cost the city millions of dollars.

In Hong Kong, which lies across the water 64 kilometers from Macau, flooding and injuries were also reported, bit there were no reports of deaths.

Hato churned up Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour and triggered large swells and massive waves on some of the city's most popular beaches, with serious flooding in low-lying areas.

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Ferries from Hong Kong to the outlying island of Guishan, which is under the administration of Zhuhai, was also shut down with no indication when it would reopen.

"I've never seen one like this.it's insane", said Garrett Quigley, a longtime resident of Lantau Island - the largest of Hong Kong's islands.

The last time it went up was for Typhoon Vicente in 2012. No casualties were reported in Guangdong Province. "If businesses are damaged by floods or wind, then they may have to remain closed considerably longer".

Train services were canceled across Guangdong, as were numerous flights at Shenzhen's worldwide airport.

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