Report-breaking rainfall in Hong Kong has brought about widespread flooding – shutting colleges and companies and turning streets into rivers.
On Thursday night time it skilled essentially the most rainfall in an hour since data started in 1884.
The Hong Kong Observatory recorded 158.1mm (6.2 inches) of rainfall between 11pm on Thursday and midnight.
The climate bureau issued a black rainstorm warning final night time – the primary in practically two years – which stays in place till midnight on Friday.
It mentioned greater than 200mm (7.9 inches) of rainfall had been recorded on Hong Kong’s predominant island, Kowloon and the northeastern a part of the town’s New Territories since Thursday night time – and urged residents to remain secure.
“Heavy rain will carry flash floods,” it warned. “Residents residing in shut proximity to rivers ought to keep alert to climate situations and will take into account evacuation” if their houses are flooded, it added.
The territory floor to a halt because the torrential rain submerged streets, procuring centres and metro stations, and authorities shut colleges and requested employees to remain at house.
Movies on social media confirmed the rain lashing down as motorists tried to drive by way of the severely flooded streets.
One clip confirmed metro employees wading waist deep as they tried to stem the water circulation gushing down the escalators and stairs into the station.
Pictures additionally confirmed a automobile in a deep gap after a piece of a highway collapsed – and roads blocked by landslides.
A authorities assertion mentioned Hong Kong chief John Lee was “very involved” in regards to the extreme flooding, and had instructed all departments to “reply with all-out efforts”.
All colleges could be suspended on Friday as a result of “excessive situations attributable to intensive flooding and severe visitors disruption” it added.
The Hong Kong inventory alternate didn’t open for morning buying and selling on Friday and mentioned it will stay shut within the afternoon if the town’s black rainstorm warning remained in place.
The climate bureau attributed the extreme rainfall to a “trough of low strain” related to the remnants of Storm Haikui, which earlier this week swept by way of Taiwan and southern China’s Fujian province.