Macau casinos counting cost of Typhoon Hato flooding and wind damage

  • Cotai casinos damaged, including two Melco properties
  • Some venues kept on playing with backup power sources

Macau’s Cotai Strip casinos are assessing the damage today after Typhoon Hato brought flash flooding and wind damage to the region, with water breaching casino floors and damaging gaming equipment.

The severe tropical storm is known to have claimed the lives of five people, with several more missing and hundreds injured. Macau itself has seen three people killed.

Cotai is in the southern part of Macau, and was first in the firing line of the typhoon.

Homes and businesses across Macau and Hong Kong have been damaged and destroyed by the extreme weather conditions, and many roads and public buildings remain closed today after the storm.

Casinos damaged by floodwater

Flooding occurred at many casino properties in the region.

At Ponte 16, the flooding breached the casino floor and left the entire gaming hall under more than a foot of water. The cost of the damage is unknown, but insurers and owners will assess their properties in the coming days as the floodwater recedes.

Casinos keep playing despite tropical typhoon

The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau ordered casino operations to cease in Macau during the storm, reports GGRAsia, due to widespread power outages and other safety and security concerns.

However, casinos were able to remain open throughout the terrible weather conditions due to the use of backup power generators. Only those affected by the floods had to stop play and close up on Wednesday night – though subsequent damage from the storm has left several resorts shut from today until repairs are completed.

Some operators will have more work to do than others.

Galaxy confirmed today in a statement that its Macau properties were affected by damage. “Galaxy Entertainment Group has stayed in close communication with relevant parties and departments to ensure the safety of guests and team members,” said Galaxy’s assistant VP earlier today.

“Under safe conditions, team members of related departments are now repairing all affected facilities.”

Melco’s City of Dreams and Studio City buildings were also affected, according to social media reports, but remained open throughout.

A spokesman said: “Melco has been working closely with the Government over the last 24 hours to ensure continuity of services across our hotels following Typhoon Hato, including the implementation of power conservation measures.

“Our Cotai operations continue to operate as normal and our employees have shown exemplary customer service in dealing with guests’ safety and comfort. We thank them for their continued efforts.

“We understand that our employees will have challenges in getting to work due to the impact of the typhoon. To show our support, we will be flexible with reporting times in the coming days.”

To keep up to date, check the resorts’ official websites.

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