More than two dozen crewmembers are missing from a ship that broke in two after being struck by a tropical storm.
Workers were forced to abandon the industrial ship that sank after Typhoon Chaba unleashed dangerous conditions in the South China Sea, hampering rescue efforts.
Dramatic aerial footage shows people being hoisted into a helicopter by emergency services, with at least three of the 30-person crew being taken to safety around 5:30 p.m. local time on Saturday (around 10:30 a.m. GMT).
The disaster happened about 300 km (186 miles) south of Hong-Kong†
Typhoon Chaba, the first of the year to hit Chinais expected to bring record rains and a high disaster risk to provinces, including Guangdong, located about 137 km (85 miles) from Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Flying Service, which sent six planes, said the crew members had problems with the storm.
Chaba, the Thai name for the hibiscus flower, made landfall in western Guangdong on Saturday afternoon local time, the National Meteorological Center said.
Although the storm’s strength has now diminished, “extremely severe” floods will bring up to 24 inches (600 mm) of rainfall in some areas.
“The monsoon’s abundant water vapor will lead to torrential downpours and massive cumulative rainfall of an extreme nature,” said Gao Shuanzhu, the NMC’s chief forecaster.
Hong Kong authorities raised the typhoon warning on Thursday, as did Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the city commemorating the 25th anniversary of the handover of Britain to China.
The Palace Museum, set to open Saturday as part of celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to Chinese rule, remained closed.
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The treacherous conditions also forced businesses to close and caused problems on public transportation.
Extreme weather, including unusually severe flooding, is forecast in China through August, with climate change being partly responsible.