Hong Kong typhoon: We can't leave our homes

Wold Bnei Akiva emissaries trapped in their homes as powerful storm lifts vehicles and causes massive flooding.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Typhoon strikes Hong Kong
Typhoon strikes Hong Kong

Typhoon Hato struck the shores of China on Wednesday, claiming the lives of 16 people so far, leaving hundreds injured and some 27,000 people evacuated from their homes in South China, including Hong Kong and Macau.

According to local authorities, this is the strongest storm to hit the area in some 53 years. Since the typhoon began, widespread blackouts have been registered in areas hit by the storm.

Emissaries ('Shlichim') of the World Bnei Akiva movement, Chen Shtatman and Noa Mallet, landed in Hong Kong only two days before the typhoon struck. “It was a level 10 typhoon, very strong, with lots of wind, trucks are flying in the air. We stay indoors.”

A video shot by members of the Jewish community showed a construction crane rotating quickly as a result of the storm. Another video shows a truck tipping over.

The strongest typhoon in the modern era was a typhoon named Wanda that struck in 1962 with winds at a maximum speed of 284 kilometers per hour. That storm claimed the lives of 130 people.