Taiwan death toll from Typhoon Megi rose to 11 on Saturday as the typhoon cut a deadly path into Asia, triggering mudslides and leaving tourists stranded.
At least seven people died when a temple collapsed in Taiwan on Friday due to torrential rains unleashed by Typhoon Megi also left dozens missing and hundreds stranded.
The Super typhoon has weakened as was expected as it hit China’s southern Fujian province on Saturday. The main airport in the coastal city of Xiamen, Fujian, cancelled 79 flights on Saturday due to the typhoon.
China’s authorities have evacuated more than 160,000 people from low-lying areas, while dozens of flights have been cancelled and thousands of fishing boats recalled to port.
Crews in Hong Kong were deployed to pile sandbags, inspect and trim trees and check drains. Temporary shelters were being opened, and myriad boats were moored.
The strength of the typhoon is decreasing as it heads north-west, with winds up to 140 kilometres per hour, travelling at 10 to 15 kph, Central Meteorological Observatory said.
Hong Kong was spared the full force of the storm after Megi passed it by.