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Anti-flood efforts inspected

August 24, 2017
Water wall

Water wall:  Secretary for Development Michael Wong (second right) inspects flood barriers in Tai O.

Secretary for Development Michael Wong visited Tai O today to inspect its condition after flooding caused by Typhoon Hato yesterday.


He was briefed on the flood prevention work carried out by the Drainage Services Department in coastal low-lying areas in response to the typhoon threat.


He met Tai O Rural Committee members, and visited residents and shop tenants to ask how they were affected by the flooding.


He said he was pleased to learn the flood alert system for Tai O and the emergency response was effective during the storm.


"After the passing of (a) huge typhoon, government departments conduct a thorough review of their work to see if improvements could be done to enhance strength in prevention and emergency response arrangements," Mr Wong said.


The department will consider expanding the river wall at Yat Chung in Tai O or the extent of the flood barriers, and improve flood prevention facilities like stop-boards to enhance flood prevention.


For other low-lying areas affected by Typhoon Hato, like Lei Yue Mun, the department will review the current situation and discuss with residents the feasibility of installing more flood prevention facilities, Mr Wong added.

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