September 25, 2008

Typhoon Hagupit Forces Airlines Cancel Trips to Hong Kong

Typhoon Hagupit forces airlines cancel trips to Hong Kong

MANILA, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- At least four airlines on Wednesday canceled seven scheduled flights from Manila to Hong Kong as Typhoon Hagupit moves to hit Hong Kong after battling the Philippines.

According to local news network GMA News, one flight of Cebu Pacific, two flights of Philippine Airlines, three flights of Cathay Pacific, and one flight of China Southern Airlines scheduled to leave Manila on Wednesday, have been canceled.

The airlines, however, did not advise when their Hong Kong- bound flights will resume, the report said.

The Philippine state weather forecast bureau forecasted that the typhoon, which packed maximum sustained winds of 160 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 195 kph, will make landfall on China's southern coasts on Wednesday.

Eight people were killed, 19 were injured while 15 others were reported missing as the typhoon swept the northern tips of the Philippines on Monday.

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