The Hong Kong Government today (Tuesday) lifted its restrictions on water after tropical storm Kate drenched the colony yesterday.
The Hong Kong Government today (Tuesday) lifted its restrictions on water after tropical storm Kate drenched the colony yesterday. More than 1,000 people fled from their flimsy homes as high winds on the storm's fringe ripped through up to 85 knots.
Most of the homeless were from a village in the New Territories, and are now housed in a school. About 20 were injured.
High winds uprooted trees and stopped the Hong Kong cross-harbour ferries and bus and tram services. All land, sea and air traffic was at a standstill and many naval and merchant ships headed to sea to ride out the storm.
Shops, banks and stores closed early allowing employees to return home. And boards went up quickly over plate-glass windows.
With the easing of water restrictions, housewives from tomorrow will be able to turn on their taps for 24 hours a day after being restricted to only four hours' supply every four days.
However, a government official said the all-day supply was only temporary but would continue for at least the next few days. He said the storm had increased Hong Kong's water storage in the reservoirs "dramatically".