With the world’s biggest holiday markets expected to reopen next week, Singapore has also been hit hard by the typhoon.
The capital of the world capital of Singapore has been hit by typhoon winds and landslides and is bracing for the worst.
The city’s hotels and malls have been closed, with many malls on lockdown, the government said on Saturday.
The typhoon has also killed three people in the capital, the first confirmed death from the typhon.
A total of 24 people are reported missing and another 14 have died in the area.
Singapore’s government said more than 20,000 people have been rescued, and the death toll is expected to rise as rescuers seek to reach as many people as possible.
“The country has been flooded with people and families trying to get to safety,” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.
“We have already sent about 10,000 buses.
There are also many ships in the harbour.”
Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition Lee Kuan Yew said Singaporeans had been forced to flee from their homes in the country’s coastal cities to escape the typhoons.
“It is not just the coastal areas but also the urban areas that have been hit,” he said.
Prime Minister said the prime minister of Malaysia and his wife, Peng Liyuan, had also been forced from their home in Singapore after the typhoid pandemic.
“I was informed by them and their families that the Prime Minister is very ill and has left the country,” Mr Lee said.
Singapore Prime Minister talks to reporters after being briefed by Singapore Defence Minister and Chief of Defence Staff Lt Gen. Chee Hsin Hui at the Royal Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Air Command in Singapore.
Photo: Andrew Meares More than half of Singapore’s 1.2 million residents are in quarantine.
More than 4,000 flights have been cancelled, the Singapore Airlines said.
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