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Rainstorm kills 2 in Hong Kong; flooding snarls traffic

Rainstorm kills 2 in Hong Kong; flooding snarls traffic

Heavy rains in Hong Kong on Saturday killed two people and triggered dozens of landslides and widespread flooding, officials said.
The storm injured at least 16 other people in the Chinese territory, the government's Hospital Authority said in a statement. Roads were closed and some flights were canceled.
Nearly 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain fell Saturday morning according to the Hong Kong Observatory, which issued rainstorm and landslide warnings.
Searchers found the bodies of a man and a woman in the rubble of a suburban Hong Kong hut Saturday evening, about 12 hours after the storm caused the dwelling to collapse, police spokeswoman Anne Lam said.
Four other people, including two children, had escaped earlier from the hut, Lam said.
Fire department district commander Tam Yiu-kei said the weight of a concrete slab that fell on the hut, as well as the threat of further landslides, had impeded rescue efforts.
"The heavy rainfall has loosened the mud. There's a chance of further landslides. It makes the operation more difficult," Tam said.
Flooding disrupted traffic at Hong Kong International Airport, with a highway to the facility 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, airport authorities said.
The storm, fueled by a low-pressure system over the South China Sea, caused 79 landslides and flooded 539 areas across Hong Kong, government spokeswoman Suzanne Lee said.
Hong Kong's rainy season is usually between April and September.


Updated : 2021-06-15 05:48 GMT+08:00