Thu. Sep 21st, 2023

Hong Kong was flooded by the heaviest rainfall in practically 140 years on Friday, leaving town’s streets and a few subway stations underneath water and forcing its faculties to shut.

Simply throughout the border, authorities in China’s tech hub Shenzhen recorded the heaviest rains since data started in 1952.

Local weather change has elevated the depth of tropical storms, specialists say, with extra rain and stronger gusts resulting in flash floods and coastal injury.

The heavy rainfall in Hong Kong began on Thursday and within the hour main as much as midnight, town’s climate observatory recorded hourly rainfall of 158.1 millimetres at its headquarters, the very best since data started in 1884.

Authorities issued flash flood warnings, with emergency companies conducting rescue operations in components of the territory.

“Residents dwelling in shut proximity to rivers ought to keep alert to climate circumstances and will contemplate evacuation” if their houses are flooded, the observatory mentioned.

It additionally warned of potential landslips, telling motorists to “stay away from steep slopes or retaining partitions”.

On Friday morning, taxis struggled by means of flooded roads as commuters tried to make their method to work.

Some vehicles had been left stranded within the deluge.

Roads had been additionally flooded on the island of Lantau, the place rivers swelled over their banks.

Southern China was hit the earlier weekend by two typhoons in fast succession — Saola and Haikui — although Hong Kong prevented a feared direct hit.

Tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals within the densely populated coastal areas of southern China had sheltered indoors forward of these storms.

Hong Kong’s climate observatory mentioned the newest torrential rain was introduced by the “trough of low strain related to (the) remnant of Haikui”.

No accidents had been reported, however authorities suspended faculties, and cargo clearance companies on town’s border with Shenzhen had been paused.

The border disruption got here hours after Hong Kong authorities introduced that Shenzhen was getting ready to discharge water from its reservoir, which they mentioned may result in flooding in northern components of town.

Hong Kong’s metro operator mentioned there was a service disruption on one in all its traces after a station within the Wong Tai Sin district was flooded.

A handful of different stations had been additionally affected by the rain.

Footage posted on social media confirmed a subway prepare not stopping at Wong Tai Sin station, which had floodwater on its platform.


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