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Heavy rains pound Hong Kong, causing floods and landslides

Heavy rains pound Hong Kong, causing floods and landslides

Heavy rains triggered floods and landslides in Hong Kong on Saturday, shutting down roads and air traffic in the territory, officials said.
Rescuers were still searching late Saturday for two people believed trapped after a roadside store collapsed in torrential rains in the New Territories suburb, authorities said.
"The heavy rainfall has loosened the mud. There's a chance of further landslides. It makes the operation more difficult," fire commander Tam Yiu-kei said.
At least 16 people were injured, the Hospital Authority said.
Flooding disrupted traffic at Hong Kong International Airport, with a highway to the airport covered in muddy water. Several cars were trapped on the highway, Hong Kong Cable TV said.
More than 345 flights were delayed and six were canceled, authorities said.
The storm, fueled by a low-pressure system over the South China Sea, caused almost 40 landslides and 125 floods across the territory, government spokeswoman Suzanne Lee said.
Nearly 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain fell Saturday morning, according to the Hong Kong Observatory, which issued rainstorm and landslide warnings.
Hong Kong's rainy season usually takes place between April and September.


Updated : 2021-03-03 14:29 GMT+08:00