Floods leave 1,000 homeless in Macau

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 September, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 September, 1993, 12:00am

ABOUT 1,000 people were left homeless by flooding triggered as winds of up to 170 km/h swept across Macau.

More than 40 people were injured, two seriously, as Macau came closest to a direct hit from a typhoon for six years.

The outer harbour passenger terminal was badly damaged when a barge came loose from its moorings and crashed into the wharf, damaging a 50-metre stretch of one of the pontoons.

A yacht berthed next to the Mandarin Oriental smashed against the side of the harbour and pieces were thrown onto the road outside the hotel.

More than 700 people were forced to leave their homes on the Macau peninsula and more than 200 people were similarly hit on the islands of Taipa and Coloane.

Most were forced out by severe flooding in low-lying areas in the northern part of Macau and were given overnight accommodation in government-run shelters.

The enclave's two hospitals treated 43 people for injuries, mostly caused by falling objects and scaffolding. Two were admitted for surgery.

Part of the front of the 141-room Mondial Hotel was swept away and the windows of five rooms were blown out by the storm.

Public transport and ferry services came to a halt. All casinos except the Lisboa were closed.

Tropical Storm Becky came closest to Macau at about 9.30 am, when it passed about 30 km south-southeast on its way towards China.

The No 8 warning signal was hoisted at 6.30 am and was upgraded to No 9 between 9 am and 10.30 am. The signal was lowered to No 3 at 1.30 pm.

Passenger ferry services to Hong Kong resumed yesterday evening.