Effective preventative measures led to no reports of casualties or major infrastructure damage in Zhuhai after the landfall of Typhoon Mangkhut in Taishan on Sept 16. The city came back to normal and public transit systems and checkpoints resumed operation the next day.
The world's strongest storm so far this year slammed into Guangdong coastal waters, first hitting Haiyan Town, Taishan at 5 pm. Zhuhai sustained onshore winds of up to Gale Force 12 with that first impact.
An average of more than 110 millimeters of rainfall was recorded from 8 am to 8 pm on Sept 16 as a heavy downpour affected the city. Doumen District received the highest level, 182.3 millimeters. Surging waves of up to 5 m were measured at the Zhuhai sea area.
Transferring trapped people to safe places
More than 280 flights were suspended at Zhuhai Airport, and main coastal roads and major bridges were closed. Public transportation systems such as buses, taxis, and trams were halted, as were Gongbei and Hengqin ports and the special port customs clearance service at the Zhuhai-Macao Cross-Border Industrial Zone.
According to the Office of Flood Control, Drought Relief & Typhoon Prevention, 872 construction sites closed down along with 36 beaches and scenic spots. On-water recreation activities were banned.
Seventy thousand people sought protection and emergency supplies at 276 shelters.
Thoughtful care [Photos courtesy Zhuhai Daily]