Date
19 October 2018
Many streets were still littered with fallen trees and other debris, although classes have resumed in most schools. Photo: HKEJ
Many streets were still littered with fallen trees and other debris, although classes have resumed in most schools. Photo: HKEJ

Most schools reopen, bus services on some routes still suspended

Most schools reopened on Wednesday after a two-day suspension in the wake of Super Typhoon Mangkhut on Sunday, although many streets were still littered with fallen trees and other debris.

About 10 schools remained closed on Wednesday because the damage they had sustained from the typhoon was too severe to allow them to operate normally, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

They include Alliance Primary School and GCEPSA Whampoa Primary School, both in Hung Hom.

Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung paid a visit to the two schools on Wednesday to monitor the progress of repair works. He told media that one of them would resume classes on Thursday while the other was expected to reopen on Friday after the completion of urgent repairs.

Yeung said the resumption of classes in secondary schools, primary schools and kindergartens across the city was generally smooth. He said his bureau will continue to follow up on the needs of the schools and provide them with appropriate support.

No school will force students to attend classes if its facilities are considered unsafe, the education chief stressed.

The Democratic Party urged the government to allocate more resources to all of typhoon-battered schools.

As of 6 a.m. on Thursday, Routes 51 and 94 operated by Kowloon Motor Bus were still unable to resume services. Citybus and New World First Bus said that as of 3:30 a.m. they had to suspend four of their routes – 6, 41A, 76 and 15.

The east-bound tram service from Victoria Park in Causeway Bay to North Point abruptly stopped at around 10 p.m. on Wednesday but resumed at 10:52 p.m.

A spokesperson for Hong Kong Tramways said the service disruption was caused by power failure, although HK Electric said power supply was normal during the period.

Meanwhile, Heng Fa Chuen, a private residential estate in Chai Wan, has seen power supply gradually return to normal since midnight Monday. Earlier, many households in the area had no electricity because of Mangkhut.

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