Pinay tourist injured as Typhoon Mangkhut ravages HK

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A Filipina tourist was injured in Hong Kong due to falling debris caused by Typhoon Mangkhut.

Consul Paul Saret, head of the Philippine Consulate General-Assistance to Nationals Section, said the female tourist was injured by falling sharp objects in Tsim Sha Tsui this morning.

“She had lacerations in her arm and leg. She is now being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital,” Saret said in an interview.

“It’s not life-threatening and we will visit her tomorrow,” he added.

Saret declined to identify the wounded tourist, upon her request, but added that she was from Cotabato.

On the other hand, 32 Filipino tourists were almost stranded in Tsing Ma bridge this morning after they tried to go to the airport despite the bad weather.

“They insisted on going to the airport but, on their way, they heard that the storm signal was raised to Typhoon Signal Number 10,” Saret said.

“At Tsing Ma bridge, a window of their bus broke and so they had to stop. The police had to be called to bring them back to their hotel,” he said.

The Airport Authority-Hong Kong reported that a total of 889 flights were cancelled today.

There were no other reported untoward incident involving Filipinos in HK today even as the city remained under Typhoon Signal Number 10 as of 6:50 p.m.

The Hong Kong Observatory said it would consider lowering the storm warning to Typhoon Signal Number 8 in “the next couple of hours” as the typhoon moves away from the city.

On the other hand, the Hong Kong Education Bureau announced that classes are suspended tomorrow.

“Severe Typhoon Mangkhut has brought about frequent strong winds and heavy rain, which have adversely affected Hong Kong,” the bureau said in a statement.

“Considering that it takes time to clean and repair community facilities and the need to ensure student safety, the Education Bureau announces class suspension of all schools tomorrow (September 17) regardless of whether any Tropical Cyclone Signal and Rainstorm Warning Signal will still be in force,” it added.

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