27 October 2016
A yacht runs aground in Sai Kung. Photo: Facebook
A yacht runs aground in Sai Kung. Photo: Facebook

Thousands of airline passengers stranded in wake of Typhoon Nida

Thousands of passengers were stranded at the airport after more than 1,000 flights were disrupted in the aftermath of Typhoon Nida, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported on Wednesday.

The Airport Authority had to handle around 500 flights on Tuesday after air traffic resumed in the afternoon.

Emergency repair works were also carried out on a ceiling leakage at 7/F of the restricted area near the South Concourse.

Nearly 100 passengers of HK Express were stuck in Osaka after the airline canceled its returning flights from the Japanese city for two days in a row.

Some of the passengers complained on their Facebook page that the no one was answering the airline’s customer service hotline.

Meanwhile, 403 cases of fallen trees, two floodings and a landslide were reported across Hong Kong during the period when typhoon signal T8 was hoisted.

At least 12 people sustained injuries during the typhoon and had to be taken to hospitals for treatment.

A satellite dish about five feet in diameter was blown off the roof of a building on Sutherland Street near Des Voeux Road West in Sheung Wan around midnight, although no one was hit.

A 10-storey bamboo scaffolding was torn down by strong winds and left hanging from a commercial building at 7 Fleming Road in Wan Chai.

A yacht was left stranded on a stony beach opposite Tso Wo Hang Pier in Sai Kung, leaning at a 45 degree angle. The Marine Department said there were no reports of injuries or missing persons.

On Lantau island, police allowed feral cattle to take shelter at the Cheung Sha Operation Center and the Lung Tin Estate Neighbourhood Police Office in Tai O during the heavy rains, the Metropolis Daily Hong Kong reported.

Ho Pui-han, chairperson of the Association For Tai O Environment and Development, and Loy Ho of the Lantau Buffalo Association praised the police for protecting the cattle.

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Fallen trees block a road in Sai Wan Ho. Photo: Reuters

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