Date
24 July 2017
A section of this illegal dump in Tuen Mun partly shows an asphalt paving. Villagers near the illegal landfill fear a massive landslide when the rains come. Photo: HKEJ
A section of this illegal dump in Tuen Mun partly shows an asphalt paving. Villagers near the illegal landfill fear a massive landslide when the rains come. Photo: HKEJ

Tuen Mun villagers fear landslide from massive illegal landfill

Residents of a Tuen Mun village are living in fear of a massive landslide from an illegal landfill under a bed of asphalt.

They said the hidden danger will grow when the land is turned into a parking lot and the dumpsite under it becomes completely out of sight, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The dumpsite in Yick Yuen Tsuen is about six meters high in an area the size of two football fields.

A villager said people were burning industrial waste on the site as late as this week. 

A government inspection team which visited the site on Tuesday declined to answer questions. Inquiries to the Lands Department remain unanswered, according to the report.

Residents are worried the coming monsoon season will cause the landfill to collapse.

They have turned to Yuen Long Democratic Party councilor Roy Kwong for help.

Kwong said the party has written several government agencies to appoint a task force to tackle illegal dumpsites. 

He said the Yick Yuen Tsuen site comprises 11 plots, three of which are owned by villagers and one by the government.

The developers of the remaining land might have been occupying it illegally, he said, citing the party’s own investigation.

Honour Jet Development Ltd., an affiliate of Henderson real estate agency under Henderson Land Development Co. (00012.HK), said it owns four of the plots, according to the report.

It said a third party is managing the property and will report its own findings to the government.

The site is bigger than a similar landfill  found in March near Kingswood Villas in Tin Shui Wai, raising concerns over a deadly landslide.

Developers of the illegal dumpsite are facing prosecution for failing to comply with an enforcement order deadline, although dumping has now stopped, according to the report.

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