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The floods caused by the passage of Typhoon Hato destroyed the entire book collection of the Ricci Institute, around 25,000 books and magazines that were stored in the new campus of the University of Saint Joseph (USJ), the university’s rector, Peter Stilwell, announced.
Mr. Stilwell estimated the expenses related to the loss of almost 28,000 editions – including 3,000 USJ books – amounted to around MOP15 million.
“The flood passed and the books were all rendered irrecoverable […] When we realised the seriousness of Typhoon Hato it was too late,” the USJ rector added, confirming news first reported by local broadcaster TDM.
The entire book collection of the Tomás Pereira Library at the Ricci Institute was being stored in boxes in one of the basement areas of the new USJ campus in recent months, later meant to be transferred to the university’s library. The books remained submersed for three days in saltwater and fish brought in by the Pearl River flood.
According to Stilwell, the cost of recovering the books would be higher than the cost of replacing the collection, which will take a period of at least three years.
The new USJ campus will receive students and teachers this year for the first time, and is located on the Macau Peninsula, one of the areas most affected by the typhoon flooding. with Lusa