Date
19 October 2018
Huge waves sweep the streets of Heng Fa Chuen in Chai Wan, while an elevator shaft (inset) falls from a residential building under construction in Tai Kok Tsui. Photo: HKEJ/Internet
Huge waves sweep the streets of Heng Fa Chuen in Chai Wan, while an elevator shaft (inset) falls from a residential building under construction in Tai Kok Tsui. Photo: HKEJ/Internet

Scenes of horror and devastation from Mangkhut’s noontime show

Residents of a private residential estate in Heng Fa Chuen, Chai Wan, had prepared well for the arrival of Super Typhoon Mangkhut on Sunday, but when it came, they suffered the same calamity they experienced a year ago when Typhoon Hato hit the territory.

Packing terrifying winds, Mangkhut, which prompted the Hong Kong Observatory to issue the Hurricane Signal No. 10, the highest typhoon signal, at 9:40 a.m., brought waves that were so big that even the fifth floor of a building in Heng Fa Chuen was flooded, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Pictures uploaded on social media show seawater smashing into the courtyard of the housing estate and flooding an underground parking lot.

While the property management company of the estate had stacked sandbags in advance to withstand flooding, clearly they were not strong enough and were scattered in just a few hours of relentless pounding from the sea.

Power and water supplies were suspended in some of the apartment units, prompting affected residents to stay in hotels or with their relatives or friends on Sunday night.

The nearby Heng Fa Chuen MTR Station was also flooded.

Meanwhile, Tseung Kwan O witnessed tsunami-like waves that turned many streets into small creeks while cars in many underground parking lots were left floating in floodwaters.

Lohas Park, a residential estate in the district, saw the windows of many of its units shattered by Mangkhut’s strong winds, leaving the flats in a great mess.

Tai O, as had been feared, was also severely hit by Mangkhut.

At one point, the sea level in the area rose by 3.8 meters above the chart datum, causing the flooding of many streets in the fishing town.

In Tai Kok Tsui, an elevator shaft was detached from a residential building under construction, falling more than 20 storeys to the roof of a nearby tenement building. The dramatic scene was captured on a video clip uploaded to social media.

On the same street, the outer wall of another tenement building, about four meters in height, was caught on video being blown away by strong winds.

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Tsunami-like waves smash against the shore in Tseung Kwan O on Sunday. Photo: Internet


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