• Short Summary

    At lest nine people are known to have died in landslides caused by the heaviest rainfall and worst floods Hong Kong has seen in 50 years.

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    At lest nine people are known to have died in landslides caused by the heaviest rainfall and worst floods Hong Kong has seen in 50 years.

    SYNOPSIS: Nearly 50 centimetres (20 inches) of rain deluged the British colony on Wednesday (25 August). It caused havoc and death throughout the island and nearby territories. Roads were soon awash as flood waters raged down steep slopes above the city. Residents and shopkeepers fought to keep back the rising waters from their premises.

    The flood also brought to reality the dread of all Hong Kong residents....landslides. Thousands of tons of sand and rock crashed down on the city from overhanging mountains and hillsides. One of the worst landslips happened at an overcrowded housing estate. Rescue vehicles were quickly on the scene where quickly on the scene where frantic workers clawed through the mud and rubble trying to free those trapped beneath.

    Many caught in the landslide were children -- and the bodies of four were recovered. They had been told to stay away from school because of the torrential rain storms which lashed the city. At least 60 people were injured. Hysterical parents screamed and were led away from the scene -- some not knowing whether their children were alive or dead.

    The area where this landslide occurred is only a few metres (yards) away from where a similar disaster happened several years ago.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABQ67ZDY4K5D9VWEGV2HV1QED5
    Media URN:
    VLVABQ67ZDY4K5D9VWEGV2HV1QED5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/08/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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