Wed. Sep 27th, 2023

By Tyrone Siu and Farah Grasp

HONG KONG (Reuters) -Torrential rain deluged Hong Kong on Friday resulting in widespread flooding throughout the densely packed metropolis, submerging streets, procuring malls and metro stations, as authorities shut faculties and requested staff to remain at residence.

The Chinese language particular administrative area noticed the best hourly rainfall since information started 140 years in the past. Cascades of water tumbled down the town’s mountainous terrain as authorities issued landslide danger warnings.

Streets was torrents, movies circulating on social media confirmed, whereas one clip confirmed metro staff wading waist deep in a station as they tried to stem the water circulate gushing down from street stage.

The town’s cross harbour tunnel, one among major arteries connecting Hong Kong island to Kowloon, was additionally inundated with water, whereas photographs confirmed a waterlogged procuring centre within the Chai Wan district.

Hong Kong Observatory reported rainfall of 158.1 millimetres (6.2 inches) between 11 p.m. HKT on Thursday and midnight on Friday (1500 to 1600 GMT on Thursday).

The climate bureau issued the best “black” rainstorm warning and mentioned greater than 200 mm of rainfall was recorded on Hong Kong’s major island, Kowloon and the northeastern a part of the town’s New Territories since Thursday evening.

The trough of low stress related to the remnant of Hurricane Haikui has introduced torrential rain to the coast of China’s Guangdong since Thursday, the climate bureau mentioned.

Excessive situations are anticipated to final till a minimum of midday on Friday.

Hong Kong’s inventory trade is not going to open on Friday morning and can stay shut for the afternoon session if the “black” rainstorm warning stays in place by midday, the trade mentioned.

Metropolis chief John Lee mentioned he was very involved concerning the extreme flooding in most elements of the territory and had instructed all departments to reply with “all-out efforts”.

Some passenger and cargo clearance factors at two border management factors between Hong Kong and neighbouring metropolis Shenzhen had been suspended resulting from flooding, the federal government mentioned.

Within the metropolis’s Wong Tai Sin district, automobiles had been submerged in water as they tried to drive down a major street.

Hong Kong’s MTR Corp which operates the town’s rail community mentioned a minimum of one line was shut whereas others had been working at delayed intervals.

All faculties have been suspended on Friday resulting from “excessive situations attributable to intensive flooding and severe site visitors disruption,” the federal government mentioned.

It appealed to employers to watch work preparations usually used for the sturdy wind sign 8, which brings the town to an efficient standstill with places of work and shops shut.Macau ferry operators in Hong Kong mentioned a number of ferry journeys can be suspended to the playing hub resulting from widespread flooding within the monetary centre.

Macau’s climate bureau issued the bottom “yellow” rainstorm warning on Friday which permits faculties and companies, together with the casinos to open as regular.

(Reporting by Farah Grasp; Enhancing by Jamie Freed and Michael Perry)

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