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About 10 villages' residents affected by Sai Kung landslide

About 10 villages' residents affected by Sai Kung landslide

A landslide occurred at Pak Tam Au in Sai Kung on Wednesday morning as red rain signal took effect, affecting residents of some 10 villages in that area.
This came after the Observatory issued a yellow and red rainstorm warning signal in the morning.

At 12.35pm, a landslide occurred at Pak Tam Au on Pak Tam Road in Sai Kung, and the Fire Services Department is conducting a search-and-rescue operation. Citizens were advised to avoid going to the area affected by the landslide.

Kowloon Motor Bus and the Transport Department also issued a notice, saying that due to the landslide, all lanes of Pak Tam Road (both bounds) near Pak Tam Au are still being closed to all traffic. Affected KMB bus route no. 94 has been diverted.

Rex Li Wah-kwong, an Executive Committee member of Sai Kung North Rural Committee, said the road concerned was not a major road and did not have too many vehicles on weekdays.

However, it was believed to have an impact on residents nearby, who may choose to take Kaito ferries to get in and out of the villages.

A resident of Pak Tam Chung surnamed Lee said there was only one road connecting the village and Sai Kung city center, and he could not go to work due to the landslide.

His 11-year-old child went to school this morning as usual but could not go home after school and was waiting in Sai Kung Public Library for the road to be constructed.

He said he may need to ask relatives living in Sai Kung city to help take care of the child.

Lee said the firefighters had told him that the operation would take about four or five hours, and he expected the road could be cleared by 8pm so that the child could go home.

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