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Hong Kong hit by typhoon; 138 injured

2012/07/24 20:21:37

Hong Kong, July 24 (CNA) A strong typhoon that began battering Hong Kong Monday had left 138 peopleinjured and more than 130 flights cancelled ordelayed as of the following day.

On Tuesday morning, Typhoon Vicente was packing winds ofup to 118 kph, forcing the Hong Kong Observatory to raise the maximum number 10 hurricane signal forthe first time in 13 years.

As of press time, the authorities had received reports of1,033 fallen trees, two landslides and seven cases of flooding.

Of those injured, 72 required hospital treatment.

More than 130 flights were delayed or cancelled due to the typhoon.

Stock trading was temporarily stopped in Tuesday'smorning session but returned to normal in theafternoon.

The number 10 hurricane signal was lowered to a number 3 strong wind signal as Vicente moved away towardChina's Guangdong Province before noon.

Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung later visited someof the hardest-hit areas of the territory.

(By Stanley Cheung)