Floods, landslides in storm chaos

Local | Stella Wong 5 Jun 2019

Torrential rain created havoc in the morning rush hour yesterday on Hong Kong Island and in the Sai Kung and Clear Water Bay areas, flooding roads and causing landslides.

Muddy waters swept into the sea in Tseung Kwan O and North Point as the Hong Kong Observatory hoisted the amber rainstorm warning. Rivers of water raced down roads in Sai Kung and Shek O as hourly rainfall exceeded 90 millimeters.

Sai Kung district councillor Chris Cheung Mei-hung said this was the greatest flow of muddy water into the sea in the area in recent years. Water from Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate could be seen stretching across dozens of hectares in the sea. Cheung believes the mud was from landfills and could contain heavy metals that would affect marine life and the food chain. He worried that the mud could accumulate and block drainage systems.

He reported the situation to the Environmental Protection Department, Marine Department and Drainage Services Department.

During the downpour parts of Shek O Road looked more like a river and were inaccessible as rainwater built up from adjacent slopes.

The Transport Department announced shortly after 10am that all lanes of Shek O Road near Cape Collinson Road were closed to traffic because of floodwater.

About 15 minutes later, one lane on Shek O Road was reopened for two-way traffic. The road was fully reopened shortly after noon.

Apart from flooding, there were landslides in several areas of Sai Kung and Hong Kong Island, including Hang Hau Road, which was covered with soil and mud. Firefighters and police were sent to clean up and direct traffic.

There were also landslides at Shui Bin Tsuen in Hang Hau, Sheung Yeung village in Clear Water Bay and Pik Wan Road in Lam Tin.

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