23 January 2019
Waves crash on the shoreline in Heng Fa Chuen at the height of Typhoon Hato. Photo: HKEJ
Waves crash on the shoreline in Heng Fa Chuen at the height of Typhoon Hato. Photo: HKEJ

One dead, dozens injured in wake of Typhoon Hato

Typhoon Hato, which battered Hong Kong with strong winds and rain on Wednesday, left one person dead and dozens injured, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The victim was swept into the sea off Kowloon City Pier at the height of the storm. A total of 129 people were injured and nearly 700 trees fell down.

An online video clip shows a working platform on the outer walls of Chatham Gate, a luxury private estate in Hung Hom, swinging in the wind, smashing several windows of some units.

The estate’s management company said the incident occurred after one of the safety ropes used to stabilize the platform snapped.

Meanwhile, a number of estates in coastal areas of eastern Hong Kong Island experienced severe flooding.

The Observatory recorded tides of 3.54 meters in Quarry Bay at about 10:36 a.m., the second highest since Typhoon Wanda battered the city in 1962, according to Apple Daily.

Heng Fa Chuen, a private estate in Chai Wan managed by MTR Corp., was among the hardest hit by floods caused by rising seawater as high as four floors.

More than 20 cars in its parking lot ended up being submerged in water.

Angry car owners blamed MTRC for not having made sufficient preparations and plan to seek compensation.

MTRC denied any negligence, saying it had taken all necessary precautionary measures.

Hato skirted Hong Kong but the storm was so severe it prompted the No. 10 Hurricane Signal for the first time since 2012.

The highest of Hong Kong’s typhoon warning system was not lowered until five hours later.

Hato forced the stock market to close, classes and work to be suspended and hundreds of flights to be canceled.

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A parking lot in Heng Fa Chuen in Chai Wan is flooded in the wake of Typhoon Hato. Photo: HKEJ

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