Hong Kong suffers from multiple floods and landslips

Local | 7 Jun 2020 8:09 pm

At least ten cases of flooding and 24 cases of landslip are reported today, as Amber and Red Rainstorm signals are hoisted in the morning.

Police have received multiple reports of victims trapped due to the flood as more than 150 mm of rainfall was recorded in Sai Kung, Shatin, and Tai Po, this morning. 

Due to the heavy rainfall, the Government has received ten cases of flooding up till 4.30 pm.

One of the members of a Facebook group “Tai Po” -- a group dedicated to sharing information about Tai Po -- have seen three underpasses at Tai Po’s Kwong Fuk Road near Wong Shiu Chi Secondary School were flooded at 9.30 am.

Water level has reached knee height, and two elevators were “flooded”, a Tai Po Facebook group member wrote.

Tai Po river was overflowing in the morning. Waves have surpassed the levee, causing a flooded road, a resident at Wun Yiu village said. 

Police have received multiple reports of being trapped due to flooding cases, including five people, including two children trapped at their home in Chek Nai Ping Village in Shatin. The police received the report at around 7.30 am.

“Those people are now safe after the flood declined,” a police spokesman said.

Five hikers were trapped at Tai Mo Shan -- the highest peak in Hong Kong -- at around 7 am in the morning, they were all rescued by the Fire Department and were reported to be safe.

Another police report of flood trapped victims was received at 10.21 am from Ma Yau Tong Village in Tseung Kwan O. 

A villager called the police for help, after suspecting neighbors might be trapped in the house due to a flash flood during the morning rainstorm.

Water levels have once reached around three feet tall at Ma Yau Tong Village in Tseung Kwan O, Lee, a resident of the village, said. 

After inspection, a police spokesman said those villagers were safe and “no extra help is needed” when authorities arrived at the scene.

Aside from cases of flooding, the Observatory has received 24 cases of landslip from 4.45 am to 12 pm, yesterday.

Kowloon Motor Bus has suspended four routes, due to the landslip in Pak Tam Road at Sai Kung, announced at 1.30 pm.

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