Fewer tomb sweepers despite fine weather

Finance | Maisy Mok 15 Oct 2021

Fewer Hongkongers swept tombs during the Chung Yeung Festival, despite the cool and rainless weather a day after typhoon Kompasu battered the city.

Special traffic-control arrangements were in place on roads near cemeteries across Hong Kong for those hiking in the hills to sweep their relatives' graves for the Double Ninth public holiday.

Access roads to cemeteries in Tseung Kwan O and Fan Ling were blocked by police. People who went to Tseung Kwan O Chinese Permanent Cemetery said it was easier to hike this year because there were fewer people.

For elderly and people in need, the cemetery had arranged electric vehicles at 20-minute intervals to take them uphill.

A mother surnamed Cheng, who went with a family of five, said she was glad that the weather was breezy.

The gathering ban on more than four people in public places had not caused a major inconvenience, she said, adding: "My family can walk separately, which is not a big deal."

A man surnamed Tang said due to Kompasu, "if there's poor weather today and an amber or red rainstorm warning signal is issued, I would have canceled the plan."

Signal No 1 for Kompasu was canceled yesterday at 6.20am.

Fall, meanwhile, officially arrived after Kompasu moved away from the city's 800-kilometer range. The observatory forecast that the weather will be slightly cooler from next week. The lowest temperature on Monday is expected to be 20 degrees Celsius. The temperature at Ta Kwu Ling could even drop to 17.

A dry northeast monsoon is expected to reach the coast of southern China during the weekend and the minimum relative humidity is expected to drop from 75 percent today to 55 percent on Sunday.

In the past week, No 8 signals triggered by Lionrock and Kompasu were hoisted about 60 hours apart, which broke the city's record for the shortest time interval between two No 8 signals.

A 31-year-old motorcyclist died on Tuesday after losing control of his bike on Shek O Road during the No 8 signal for Kompasu. Twenty others were injured across the city.


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