Les rues de Hong Kong désertées à cause du typhon Haima et de ses pluies torentielles

Habituellement noires de monde, les rues de Hong Kong ont été désertées par la population vendredi. En cause: le typhon Haima et ses pluies torrentielles, qui ont déjà fait huit blessés dans la région.
21 oct. 2016, 12:57
/ Màj. le 21 oct. 2016 à 12:58
Des centaines de vols ont été annulés, les voitures et les passants ont fui les rues, les écoles sont restées fermées comme de nombreux bureaux et commerces.

Les rues habituellement animées de Hong Kong ont été désertées vendredi et l'ancienne colonie britannique au rythme d'ordinaire frénétique s'est retrouvée à l'arrêt à cause du typhon Haima. Il a fait huit morts aux Philippines.

Huit blessés ont été hospitalisés, dont quatre dans un état grave, d'après les autorités.

Des centaines de vols ont été annulés, les voitures et les passants ont fui les rues, les écoles sont restées fermées comme de nombreux bureaux et commerces alors que Haima frôlait l'est de Hong Kong. En fin d'après-midi, Haima a touché terre dans le sud de la Chine continentale.

Les échanges ont été suspendus pour la journée à la Bourse hongkongaise.

 

Curieux attirés

Les services de la météorologie (HKO) avaient décrété le niveau d'alerte 8, le troisième le plus élevé, en raison des fortes pluies et des vents violents. "La mer est grosse et il y a des vagues importantes. Les gens doivent se montrer très vigilants et rester à l'écart du front de mer", écrivait HKO sur son site.

Malgré tout, certains des sept millions d'habitants se sont aventurés sur les côtes pour prendre des photos.

Dans le quartier de Kennedy Town, dans l'ouest de l'île de Hong Kong, des personnes se pressaient près des barrières de sécurité en bord de mer pour se faire tremper par les vagues.

 

Hippocampe meurtrier

Les pluies étaient torrentielles et le vent soufflait en rafales jusqu'à 101 kilomètres par heure. Des arbres ont été arrachés, les liaisons ferry ont été suspendues tandis que plus de 700 vols ont été annulés, selon l'autorité de l'aéroport.

Les services de bus ont été supprimés et la circulation du métro a été réduite.

Le gouvernement local avait mis en place une vingtaine d'abris d'urgence à travers le territoire qui vient de subir une semaine de fortes pluies ayant provoqué d'importantes inondations dans certains quartiers.

epa05593360 Filipino typhoon victims riding on a three-wheeled motorcycle maneuver on floodwater in the typhoon-hit town of Abulog, Cagayan province, Philippines, 20 October 2016. Many houses, trees, and electric posts were destroyed after Super Typhoon Heima made landfall in the Northern Philippines.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
epa05593360 Filipino typhoon victims riding on a three-wheeled motorcycle maneuver on floodwater in the typhoon-hit town of Abulog, Cagayan province, Philippines, 20 October 2016. Many houses, trees, and electric posts were destroyed after Super Typhoon Heima made landfall in the Northern Philippines. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG ©KEYSTONE
epa05593415 Filipinos on a motorcycle maneuver past toppled posts on a street in the typhoon-hit city of Tuguegarao, Cagayan province, Philippines, 20 October 2016. Many houses, trees, and electric posts were destroyed after Super Typhoon Heima made landfall in the Northern Philippines.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
epa05593415 Filipinos on a motorcycle maneuver past toppled posts on a street in the typhoon-hit city of Tuguegarao, Cagayan province, Philippines, 20 October 2016. Many houses, trees, and electric posts were destroyed after Super Typhoon Heima made landfall in the Northern Philippines. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG ©KEYSTONE
epa05589729 A handout picture made available by NASA on 18 October 2016 shows an image acquired by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on board the joint NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP) satellite of Typhoons Sarika (C-L) and Haima (C-R) in the Pacific Ocean, 17 October 2016. Typhoon Sarika, slightly weakend after hitting the Philippines on 16 October, is expected to landfall in Hainan, China, on 18 October, media reported. Typhoon Haima, projected to intensify into a category 5, is expected to reach southeast China on 21 October, media added.  EPA/NASA/Worldview  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY
epa05589729 A handout picture made available by NASA on 18 October 2016 shows an image acquired by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on board the joint NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP) satellite of Typhoons Sarika (C-L) and Haima (C-R) in the Pacific Ocean, 17 October 2016. Typhoon Sarika, slightly weakend after hitting the Philippines on 16 October, is expected to landfall in Hainan, China, on 18 October, media reported. Typhoon Haima, projected to intensify into a category 5, is expected to reach southeast China on 21 October, media added. EPA/NASA/Worldview HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY ©KEYSTONE
Government workers remove debris from toppled trees at the height of Super Typhoon Haima that lashed Narvacan township, Ilocos Sur province, Philippines Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. Super Typhoon Haima slammed into the northeastern Philippine coast late Wednesday with ferocious winds and rain that rekindled fears and memories from the catastrophe wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Government workers remove debris from toppled trees at the height of Super Typhoon Haima that lashed Narvacan township, Ilocos Sur province, Philippines Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. Super Typhoon Haima slammed into the northeastern Philippine coast late Wednesday with ferocious winds and rain that rekindled fears and memories from the catastrophe wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) ©Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa05593340 Filipino typhoon victims hold placards on a street in the typhoon-hit city of Tuguegarao, Cagayan province, Philippines, 20 October 2016. Many houses, trees, and electric posts were destroyed after Super Typhoon Heima made landfall in the Northern Philippines.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
epa05593340 Filipino typhoon victims hold placards on a street in the typhoon-hit city of Tuguegarao, Cagayan province, Philippines, 20 October 2016. Many houses, trees, and electric posts were destroyed after Super Typhoon Heima made landfall in the Northern Philippines. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG ©KEYSTONE
epa05593461 Filipino government personnel collect rubbish brought by strong waves from Typhoon Heima along Manila bay, Manila, Philippines, 20 October 2016. The Philippines issued a maximum alert in the northern part of the country in anticipation of Typhoon Heima, a category 5 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 165 miles per hour (265 kilometers per hour). The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Typhoon Heima slightly weakened as it crossed Apayao Province. Heima is expected to exit northern Luzon, Philippines 20 October evening local time.  EPA/EUGENIO LORETO
epa05593461 Filipino government personnel collect rubbish brought by strong waves from Typhoon Heima along Manila bay, Manila, Philippines, 20 October 2016. The Philippines issued a maximum alert in the northern part of the country in anticipation of Typhoon Heima, a category 5 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 165 miles per hour (265 kilometers per hour). The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Typhoon Heima slightly weakened as it crossed Apayao Province. Heima is expected to exit northern Luzon, Philippines 20 October evening local time. EPA/EUGENIO LORETO ©KEYSTONE
epa05593408 Filipino policemen and villagers clear debris at a street in the typhoon-hit town of Iguig, Cagayan province, Philippines, 20 October 2016. Many houses, trees, and electric posts were destroyed left behind by Super Typhoon Heima in Northern Philippines.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
epa05593408 Filipino policemen and villagers clear debris at a street in the typhoon-hit town of Iguig, Cagayan province, Philippines, 20 October 2016. Many houses, trees, and electric posts were destroyed left behind by Super Typhoon Heima in Northern Philippines. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG ©KEYSTONE
epa05593363 Filipino children frolic in floodwater at a school in the typhoon-hit town of Abulog, Cagayan province, Philippines, 20 October 2016. Many houses, trees, and electric posts were destroyed after Super Typhoon Heima made landfall in the Northern Philippines.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
epa05593363 Filipino children frolic in floodwater at a school in the typhoon-hit town of Abulog, Cagayan province, Philippines, 20 October 2016. Many houses, trees, and electric posts were destroyed after Super Typhoon Heima made landfall in the Northern Philippines. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG ©KEYSTONE
epa05593455 Filipino government personnel collect rubbish brought by strong waves from Typhoon Heima along Manila bay, Philippines, 20 October 2016. The Philippines issued a maximum alert in the northern part of the country in anticipation of Typhoon Heima, a category 5 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 165 miles per hour, Philippine weather bureau Pagasa said Heima slightly weakened as it crossed Apayao Province. Heima is expected to exit northern Luzon, Philippines 20 October evening local time.  EPA/EUGENIO LORETO
epa05593455 Filipino government personnel collect rubbish brought by strong waves from Typhoon Heima along Manila bay, Philippines, 20 October 2016. The Philippines issued a maximum alert in the northern part of the country in anticipation of Typhoon Heima, a category 5 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 165 miles per hour, Philippine weather bureau Pagasa said Heima slightly weakened as it crossed Apayao Province. Heima is expected to exit northern Luzon, Philippines 20 October evening local time. EPA/EUGENIO LORETO ©KEYSTONE
epa05591775 A Filipino on a motorcycle drives past a road signage as they prepare for a super typhoon that may hit their village in the town of Lal-lu, Cagayan province, Philippines, 19 October 2016. The Philippines issued a maximum alert in the northern part of the country in anticipation of Typhoon Heima, a category 5 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 165 miles per hour, which is expected to hit northern Luzon, Philippines, on 19 October evening or overnight local time, media reported.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
epa05591775 A Filipino on a motorcycle drives past a road signage as they prepare for a super typhoon that may hit their village in the town of Lal-lu, Cagayan province, Philippines, 19 October 2016. The Philippines issued a maximum alert in the northern part of the country in anticipation of Typhoon Heima, a category 5 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 165 miles per hour, which is expected to hit northern Luzon, Philippines, on 19 October evening or overnight local time, media reported. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG ©KEYSTONE
epa05591781 A Filipino elderly woman conducts a ritual prayer for protection against a super typhoon that may hit their village in the town of Aparri, Cagayan province, Philippines, 19 October 2016. The Philippines issued a maximum alert in the northern part of the country in anticipation of Typhoon Heima, a category 5 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 165 miles per hour, which is expected to hit northern Luzon, Philippines, on 19 October evening or overnight local time, media reported.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
epa05591781 A Filipino elderly woman conducts a ritual prayer for protection against a super typhoon that may hit their village in the town of Aparri, Cagayan province, Philippines, 19 October 2016. The Philippines issued a maximum alert in the northern part of the country in anticipation of Typhoon Heima, a category 5 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 165 miles per hour, which is expected to hit northern Luzon, Philippines, on 19 October evening or overnight local time, media reported. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG ©KEYSTONE
epa05591779 A Filipino boatman paddles on a flooded street in Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, Philippines, 19 October 2016. The Philippines issued a maximum alert in the northern part of the country in anticipation of Typhoon Heima, which is set to slam into the region Thursday with fierce winds of more than 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles per hour). Philippine weather bureau Pagasa raised the alert level to the maximum of 4 in Cagayan and Isabella provinces, situated in the eastern coast, north of Luzon island, expected to be hit hard by the typhoon. Heima, known as Lawin in the Philippines, has gained strength in its progress over the Pacific and is expected to hit the northern Philippines Thursday with winds up to 220 kph, said Pagasa.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
epa05591779 A Filipino boatman paddles on a flooded street in Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, Philippines, 19 October 2016. The Philippines issued a maximum alert in the northern part of the country in anticipation of Typhoon Heima, which is set to slam into the region Thursday with fierce winds of more than 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles per hour). Philippine weather bureau Pagasa raised the alert level to the maximum of 4 in Cagayan and Isabella provinces, situated in the eastern coast, north of Luzon island, expected to be hit hard by the typhoon. Heima, known as Lawin in the Philippines, has gained strength in its progress over the Pacific and is expected to hit the northern Philippines Thursday with winds up to 220 kph, said Pagasa. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG ©KEYSTONE
Filipino Joybin Marayo, 58, salvages metals on a damaged boat that was washed ashore by strong waves brought about by Typhoon Haima in Manila, Philippines on Thursday Oct. 20, 2016. Several people were killed after Super Typhoon Haima smashed into the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rains overnight, flooding towns and forcing thousands to flee then weakening Thursday after slamming into a mountain range and blowing into the South China Sea, officials said. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Filipino Joybin Marayo, 58, salvages metals on a damaged boat that was washed ashore by strong waves brought about by Typhoon Haima in Manila, Philippines on Thursday Oct. 20, 2016. Several people were killed after Super Typhoon Haima smashed into the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rains overnight, flooding towns and forcing thousands to flee then weakening Thursday after slamming into a mountain range and blowing into the South China Sea, officials said. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) ©Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa05593341 Filipino typhoon victims rest on a toppled tree along a street in the typhoon-hit town of Iguig, Cagayan province, Philippines, 20 October 2016. Many houses, trees, and electric posts were destroyed after Super Typhoon Heima made landfall in the Northern Philippines.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
epa05593341 Filipino typhoon victims rest on a toppled tree along a street in the typhoon-hit town of Iguig, Cagayan province, Philippines, 20 October 2016. Many houses, trees, and electric posts were destroyed after Super Typhoon Heima made landfall in the Northern Philippines. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG ©KEYSTONE
epa05593342 A Filipino typhoon victim crosses on a rope next to a flooded house in the typhoon-hit town of Gonzaga, Cagayan province, Philippines, 20 October 2016. Many houses, trees, and electric posts were destroyed after Super Typhoon Heima made landfall in the Northern Philippines.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
epa05593342 A Filipino typhoon victim crosses on a rope next to a flooded house in the typhoon-hit town of Gonzaga, Cagayan province, Philippines, 20 October 2016. Many houses, trees, and electric posts were destroyed after Super Typhoon Heima made landfall in the Northern Philippines. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG ©KEYSTONE
epa05593357 Filipino motorists cross the road in front of a toppled coconut tree in the typhoon-hit town of Gonzaga, Cagayan province, Philippines, 20 October 2016. Many houses, trees, and electric posts were destroyed after Super Typhoon Heima made landfall in the Northern Philippines.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
epa05593357 Filipino motorists cross the road in front of a toppled coconut tree in the typhoon-hit town of Gonzaga, Cagayan province, Philippines, 20 October 2016. Many houses, trees, and electric posts were destroyed after Super Typhoon Heima made landfall in the Northern Philippines. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG ©KEYSTONE