Date
18 October 2018
The four gas lamps at the top and bottom of the granite steps at the southern end of Duddell Street in Central were found to have suffered serious damage in the wake of Mangkhut. Photo: Internet
The four gas lamps at the top and bottom of the granite steps at the southern end of Duddell Street in Central were found to have suffered serious damage in the wake of Mangkhut. Photo: Internet

Declared monuments in Central damaged by Mangkhut

Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which battered Hong Kong on Sunday, has damaged not only buildings and other properties but also a site of historical significance.

A flight of granite steps at the southern end of Duddell Street in Central, believed to have been built between 1875 and 1889, and the four gas lamps at the top and bottom of the steps, the only working gas street lamps in Hong Kong since 1967, were found to have suffered serious damage from the typhoon.

They were listed as declared monuments in 1979.

Photos show only one of the gas lamps remained standing, despite a broken lampshade, while the rest were all crashed.

As for the steps, their handrails saw varying degrees of damage, clearly a result of Mangkhut’s fury.

It remains uncertain when the historic remnants can be fixed because authorities had not come to the site yet to handle the problem as of Monday night, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Meanwhile, the well-known “Lovers Bridge” in Shek O was totally destroyed by the typhoon.

As seen in photos, the bridge, a famous dating site which was painted powder blue to create a romantic atmosphere, has literally disappeared, with its broken pieces scattered in the creek it used to span.

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Shek O’s Lovers Bridge, a famous dating site which was painted powder blue to create a romantic atmosphere, has literally disappeared, with its broken pieces scattered in the creek it used to span. Photo: Internet


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