On Monday, September 17, the city of Hong Kong (population 7 million) launched clean-up operations to deal with the material consequences of Typhoon Mangkhut and its impressive trail of destruction. Hong Kong authorities assess the damage as "severe and extensive." Typhoon Mangkhut - with gusts over 230 km/h (140 mph) - injured over 300 people in Hong Kong, caused landslides and floods, smashed windows in tower blocks and skyscrapers, and uprooted hundreds of trees that blocked roads and pathways.
Authorities expect the clean-up operations to take several days.
The typhoon season normally runs from April to October in the region.
Individuals present in Hong Kong or planning travel to the city should expect significant disruptions to air travel, as well as other modes of transportation. Follow any advice issued by the local authorities.
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