Community life not adversely affected by Typhoon Bebinca

Typhoon Bebinca had no major adverse effect on community life and no major incident or damage recorded during the storm.

The Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau issued at 7.30pm on Tuesday (14 August) Typhoon Signal No.8. By 12.30am on Wednesday (15 August), the alert was reduced to Typhoon Signal No.3.

The Civil Protection Operations Centre had been on full alert with effect from 5.30pm on Tuesday, prior to Typhoon Signal No.8 being issued. The 29-member team – comprised of members of the public security forces, officials of public departments, representatives of non-governmental organisations and representatives of private-sector companies – coordinated the city’s civil defence mechanism according to their respective expertise.

By 1am on Wednesday the Civil Protection Operations Centre had reduced its role to that of basic oversight, following the lowering of Typhoon Signal No.8.

There was a total of 18 incidents recorded during various stages of the storm, including objects falling from height, collapse of concrete from buildings and collapse of trees.

During Typhoon Signal No.8, hotlines operated by the Civil Protection Operations Centre and the public security forces received nine enquiries, mostly concerning either public transport arrangements or operation of boundary checkpoints.

The Ilha Verde Centre for Victims of Disaster provided shelter for eight men and one woman during the storm.

The city’s three bridges between Macao and Taipa were closed during Typhoon Signal No.8. However the carriageways on the lower deck of the Sai Van Bridge remained open. The Cotai boundary crossing checkpoint to Hengqin was closed during the alert.

During Typhoon Signal No.8, the authorities identified 13 instances of alleged overcharging of passengers by taxi drivers, and eight instances of people allegedly offering unlicensed transportation services.

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