Hong Kong hit by more floods after torrential rains


HONG KONG, AFP

Hong Kong was hit by more floods Sunday, after five straight days of torrential rains that swamped outlying areas and saw rescue helicopters plucking villagers from rooftops.

By noon, five floods had been reported across the territory, mostly in northern villages where residents waded through the knee-deep waters, the Hong Kong Observatory said.

Streets in Sheung Shui and other villages in the New Territories near the Chinese border were washed out by the muddy waters, and officials went door-to-door to evacuate the sick and elderly.

Hong Kong has had a week of unusually stormy weather with more than 300 millimeters (12 inches) of rain recorded in the hardest-hit areas, an Observatory official said.

Another three days of rain had been forecast, meaning more floods could be on the way, he said.

The rains have caused 15 landslides across the territory, but no fatalities were reported, government officials said.

On Saturday residents of the northern villages were seen wading in chest-level waters with rescue workers as many people were forced to flee their flooded homes.

Government helicopters winched 26 people to safety, while another 113 people were ferried to dry land in boats, officials said.

Thirteen needed hospital treatment, they said.

The waters also temporarily cut off the Man Kam border crossing with China, causing minor car accidents and traffic jams.

The same torrential weather caused a series of landslides in mainland China’s southern provinces earlier this week that killed at least 13 people, according to state media.