Date
12 December 2017
This massive dumpsite (inset) in Tin Shui Wai could collapse during heavy and bury nearby areas in tons of soil, according to environmental officials. Photos: Apple Daily, Google Maps
This massive dumpsite (inset) in Tin Shui Wai could collapse during heavy and bury nearby areas in tons of soil, according to environmental officials. Photos: Apple Daily, Google Maps

Tin Shui Wai dumpsite raises fears of massive landslide

A Tin Shui Wai dumpsite the size of two football fields and as tall as a four-story building could collapse any time and cause a massive landslide.

If that happens, a campsite at the foot of the suspected illegal landfill could be buried under tons of soil, Apple Daily reports, citing residents of nearby Kingswood Villas.

The dumpsite is located east of the residential estate, near Hong Kong Wetland Park and right next door to Mingle Farm, a recreational site for camping, fishing and barbecue.

The Environmental Protection Department and the Planning Department said they are investigating the claims.

Reporters sent by Apple Daily saw excavation trucks in the area but there were no signs of workers.

The site straddles two land parcels, one of which is managed by Tang Tat-sin, vice chairman of Ping Shan Rural Committee, the paper said, citing its own investigation.

The other is held by a private company, the report said.

The site is registered as a conservation area and recreation zone under the Town Planning Board, according to official documents.

The board rejected an application by a private company to develop the site 10 years ago.

Since then, it has been used as a landfill, with soil dumping accelerating in recent months.

A Kingswood Villas resident said a hill has emerged where trees once stood and it has not stopped growing.

Raymond Chan, former head of the Geotechnical Engineering Office, said the dumpsite could collapse during heavy rain, potentially endangering structures within a 30-meter radius.

In December, a massive landslide in neighboring Shenzhen crushed buildings at an industrial park, leaving dozens of people missing.

Authorities blamed the tragedy on soil dumping on a railway construction site that had created a mound 12 stories high.

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