Hong Kong and southern China battle widespread flooding from record rains

Hong Kong and cities across southern China are battling flooding caused by the heaviest rains in over 140 years.

On Friday, streets and subway stations were under water in Hong Kong as officials shut schools and workplaces.

Emergency services said more than 100 people had been taken to hospital and several rescues had taken place – with a black weather warning issued.

Pictures show the rain turning streets into raging riversflooding shopping centres and public transport.

On social media, people were seen climbing on to cars and other elevated platforms to escape the waters, which have risen several metres-high in some areas, blocking off subway entrances.

On Thursday, authorities issued the black warning due to rainfall exceeding 70mm an hour. The Hong Kong Observatory later that night reported an hourly rainfall of 158.1 millimetres, the highest since records began in 1884.

A man walks past the debris of a landside in Hong Kong
Image caption,A man walks past the debris of a landside in Hong Kong

The city’s cross harbour tunnel, a key route connecting the main island to the Kowloon peninsula in its north, was inundated. The rain also triggered landslides in Hong Kong’s mountainous areas – blocking some highways.

By Friday afternoon, the downpours had eased with authorities downgrading the rainstorm from a “black” warning to an “amber” alert. But they warned showers were expected to persist until Saturday.

More than 200mm of rain was recorded on Hong Kong island, http://tampansamping.com/ Kowloon and the north-eastern part of the city between 18:00 local time (10:00 GMT) and midnight – a total that exceeds the amount the entire city typically receives within certain months.

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