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Thursday, September 16, 1999 Published at 10:33 GMT 11:33 UK


World: Asia-Pacific

Typhoon causes Hong Kong chaos

The force of the wind buckled this bus stop shelter

One person has been killed and another 300 were taken to hospital following the typhoon which hit Hong Kong.

Typhoon York scored a direct hit on the territory on Thursday, causing hurricane-strength winds and torrential rain.

Officials say it is the most severe typhoon for 16 years.


[ image: Many were hit by flying debris]
Many were hit by flying debris
Wind speeds reached up to 150kph and torrential rain brought by the typhoon caused flooding throughout the territory.

The number of injured has risen steadily. Many people were hurt by flying debris, including sheets of metal and the branches of trees.

Some skyscrapers in urban areas had their windows blown out, sending shards of glass on to people below.

Landslide warnings have also been issued.

No flights

Most of Hong Kong has been forced to a standstill. Many roads are blocked and public transport has been suspended.

At Hong Kong's airport no planes have been able to take off or land and it is still uncertain when flights will be resumed.

Schools, businesses, financial markets and government offices have all been forced to close for the day.

The latest information suggests Typhoon York is now starting to leave Hong Kong, heading towards the Portuguese enclave of Macao.



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