Date
17 November 2017
A rooftop structure at the Golden Building in Sham Shui Po broke loose and crashed to the ground during Typhoon Khanun on Sunday. Photos: Google Maps, Internet
A rooftop structure at the Golden Building in Sham Shui Po broke loose and crashed to the ground during Typhoon Khanun on Sunday. Photos: Google Maps, Internet

Typhoon Khanun injures at least 22, causes some road closures

More than 20 people sought medical attention at public hospitals on Sunday after suffering injuries during Typhoon Khanun, which brought strong winds and heavy rain as it passed by Hong Kong.

Khanun, which triggered the No. 8 signal for more than ten hours, turned out to be a relatively low-grade event but it still led to some locals getting hurt besides causing minor property losses.   

According to the Hospital Authority, a total of 22 people were brought to public hospitals for storm-related injuries.

Meanwhile, there were reports of some structures and overhanging shop signs getting twisted out of shape or getting knocked down by the winds.

In related news, the government’s 1823 hotline received 80 cases of reports on fallen trees, as of 7 pm on Sunday.

At around 1 pm, a rooftop structure at the Golden Building in Sham Shui Po was blown off by strong winds and fell to the ground from 13 floors, Apple Daily reports.

The small metal house situated on the rooftop of the second block of the Golden Building saw its zinc ceiling break loose during the storm. The structure then completely gave way and blew off, landing on two cars on the street.

A three-meter long angle bar directly penetrated the hard cement floor “like a javelin”, while cement fragments rained down, passers-by said.

According to a person surnamed Wan who runs a restaurant in the area, wind had been blowing non-stop for some time and “noise was loud as an earthquake” before the metal house and its compartments came crashing down.

At the time two or three of his customers had been eating outside. Wan said he immediately pulled them back into the store.

Were it was not for Wan’s quick thinking, the customers may have been injured during the incident.

A nearby witness from a food stall also claimed to have seen the angle bar hitting the pavement.

The police subsequently cordoned off the area near Yen Chow Street to Kweilin Street amid concerns over other potentially dangerous structures.

Meanwhile, they arrested the metal house owner, who was identified as a 56-year-old male surnamed Sin.

The area was only free to enter after the Housing Department and the Fire Department confirmed that there were no other dangerous structures in the area.

In other Khanun-related news, some scaffolding got damaged at a work site in Tai Kok Tsui. Police sealed off the area until it was deemed that the structure won’t come crashing down.

Elsewhere, an iron fence along Chuen Lung Street in Tsuen Wan was blown away at around 11 am, making it land onto the canopy of a Mahjong place. Police were duly notified and luckily no one was injured.

At around 5 pm, a mattress was seen blown around like a “flying carpet” until it had stuck to the metal wires of an overhanging billboard on Jordon Road in Yau Ma Tei. The Fire Department removed the mattress from its precarious position.

Not all were lucky enough to come through the typhoon unscathed.

A 31-year-old woman surnamed Fung was hit by a three-meter tall tree as she was walking along with her husband past the Tsuen King Circuit in Tsuen Wan.

Fung suffered injuries to her forehead, prompting her husband to take her to a hospital after alerting the police.

She was apparently one of the 22 locals who had to receive medical attention due to the Sunday storm.

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