Macau | City under Typhoon Signal No. 3 as Mangkhut moves away, civil protection gauges response capacity

Typhoon Signal No. 3 replaced Signal No. 8 at 4:00 am on Monday as Super Typhoon Mangkhut slowly moved away from the city

Macau (MNA) – Typhoon Signal No. 3 replaced Signal No. 8 at 4:00 am on Monday as Super Typhoon Mangkhut slowly moved away from the city, the Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG) has announced.

At 8:00 am, Typhoon Mangkhut was estimated to be about 520 kilometres west of Macau, with the weather authority stating that Signal No. 3 is expected to ‘remain in effect for a period of time’.

While summing up the works accomplished by departments within the civil protection structure, Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak noted that the city has improved in dealing with a severe typhoon situation after one year of preparation.

SMG head Raymond Tam Wai Man, who was also present at the summing up session, reported that flooding during the passage of Typhoon Mangkhut was most serious from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, with the height of flooding in the Inner Harbour area reaching 1.9 metres.

Commander-in-chief of the Unitary Police Service (SPU) and civil protection joint action, Ma Io Kun, indicated that the Civil Protection Action Centre had received 135 enquiries as of 9:00 pm on Sunday, with 182 accidents reported and 18 injured people.

A total of 5,650 households located in low-lying areas of the city were evacuated, while 1,280 residents were accommodated in Emergency Refuge Centres during the passage of Typhoon Mangkhut.

According to updates issued by the Civil Protection Action Centre as of 9:00 am Monday, all 95 energy transformers in the Inner Harbour have resumed operation, although the authority claimed that further inspection is still needed.

Energy supply was temporarily suspended yesterday on Rua da Praia do Manduco, Rua do Almirante Sérgio, Avenida Almeida Ribeiro, the Inner Harbour and Lam Mau Dock.

The energy cut caused some 12,000 users to be hindered from access to the Internet and broadband network.

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