• Short Summary

    Typhoon-battered Hong Kong has been struggling back to normal after one of its worst disasters left 125 people feared dead, 300 injured and 2,000 homeless.

  • Description

    Typhoon-battered Hong Kong has been struggling back to normal after one of its worst disasters left 125 people feared dead, 300 injured and 2,000 homeless.

    Hopes that any more of the 70 to 80 crew of the capsized ferry boat "Fat Shan", might still be alive were abandoned on Tuesday (17 August) night. Only four men survived the disaster in the 100 mile (160 kilometre) an hour winds of Typhoon Rose.

    Government agencies listed 25 people dead and about 100 others (including the ferry victims) missing and presumed dead from the typhoon which carved a trail of destruction across the British colony. Shops, offices, banks and schools reopened on Wednesday (18 August) but parts of Kowloon and the new territories were still without water or power. Traffic crawled through the streets still partly blocked by uprooted trees, fallen neon signs, collapsed scaffolding and other debris. Marine launches shuttled among the 30 ships torn from their mornings and pushed aground in the harbour to assess damage and evacuate crews.

    This film, shot by VISNEWS staffmen James Lee and Alex So, illustrates the damage to the city areas and the harbour and includes shots of the ferry "Fat Shan".

    SYNOPSIS: Hong Kong is slowly recovering from Typhoon Rose which sept across the British colony on Tuesday leaving 125 people feared dead, 300 injured and 2,000 homeless--70 are feared dead on a ferry which capsized.

    About 30 ships, including European tankers and freighters, ran aground during the typhoon. Winds of up to 100 miles an hour cut a swathe of destruction across the island...marine launches were still searching for survivors in the harbour following the ferry disaster, they also rescued stranded crews and made early estimates of damage.

    An American navy vessel was badly buckled amidships, and several crewmen were injured in the high winds. Other ships ran on collision courses, and suffered structural damage during the typhoon.

    On shore, the destruction caused by the typhoon was widespread. Motorcycles and cars were swept aside as the winds tore through the heavily populated areas, and debris was blown over a wide area. Early reports said that no official estimates of the damage had been made, but that it was thought to run into millions of pounds.

    The heavy rain caused abnormally high tides and landslides in some areas of Hong Kong's hilly terrain. The bodies of two people were dug from under one landslide before darkness halted rescues operations on Wednesday evening. The storm uprooted trees, knocked down power lines and disrupted water supplies on the island.

    Five people were seriously injured when this five-story tenement building collapsed during the typhoon. Hong Kong is slowly struggling back to normal in the wake of the storm and special Government agencies have been set up to deal with the injured and homeless.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA62T7U7CELO3WCBG67JJRZ2QXG
    Media URN:
    VLVA62T7U7CELO3WCBG67JJRZ2QXG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/08/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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