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Hundreds of flights affected as Typhoon Merbok moves away from Hong Kong

Transport services across Hong Kong have been returning to normal, as Typhoon Merbok moves away from the city.

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Photo: HKO.

The thunderstorm, landslide and flood warnings remain in effect after the storm battered the city overnight.

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Rainfall between 11am and noon, Tuesday. Photo: HKO.

Bus, train and ferry services have resumed.

As of 5am, 44 flights have been cancelled and 350 flights delayed, according to the Airport Authority.

The government says that 239 people sought refuge at temporary shelters opened by the Home Affairs Department, with 22 shelters still in operation as of Tuesday morning.

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Tsim Sha Tsui at 12:15pm. Photo: HKO.

The Hospital Authority said that, as of 4:40am, 10 people aged between 43 and 71 sought medical treatment at emergency departments during the typhoon.

In neighbouring Guangdong province, over 120 flights were delayed or cancelled as train services were suspended.

The typhoon made landfall around 11pm on Monday.

Forecast

Although Typhoon Merbok is heading inland, the Observatory predicts a wet week ahead for the region.

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Photo: HKO.

“Under the influence of southwesterly airstream, there will still be showers over the coast of Guangdong in the next couple of days. A trough of low pressure will linger over the south China coast in the middle and latter parts of this week, bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region,” it said.

Hundreds of flights affected as Typhoon Merbok moves away from Hong Kong