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Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark: Recovery from Super Typhoon Mangkhut

2018-09-25

The strong winds during Super Typhoon Mangkhut caused extensive damage to Hong Kong and to Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp). Many trails and roads have been obstructed and damaged by landslides, and over 80% of the interpretation panels were damaged. HKUGGp is stepping up the clean-up of collapsed trees and will need to replace many of the damaged facilities. This recovery is expected to take some time. With the support of other departments, the visitor centres are open again and the paths to the local communities have been cleared after some immediate remedial measures.

Many local communities, such as Kat O, Ap Chau, Kau Sai Chau, Tung Ping Chau and Lai Chi Wo, experienced extremely difficult situations, such as water stoppages, blackouts, termination of mobile networks, road damage and roadblocks. With the concerted effort of many parties, the supply of electricity has resumed in most of these villages. Volunteers from LIONS Club International District 303, Hong Kong & Macao, China and geopark schools assisted in the delivery of fresh water and helped clean up the affected areas, supported by the ferry operator and coordinated by HKUGGp. More volunteers and geopark schools will provide similar assistance in the needed areas.   

To ensure public safety, HKUGGp has advised the public not to visit the affected areas, to remain vigilant at all times, and to stay away from damaged facilities and trees that have collapsed or are in danger of collapsing.

HKUGGp is very grateful for the messages of concern and best wishes from all over the world.

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Ap Chau - Serious devastation with debris intruded and buildings damaged 

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Kat O - Serious devastation with many buildings damaged near the coast 

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Lai Chi Wo - Park signs and panels heavily damaged 

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Ap Chau - Park signs damaged and disappeared after Super Typhoon Magnkhut 

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The only pathway to Lai Chi Wo was damaged by Super Typhoon Mangkhut 

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Ap Chau - Major access to Ap Chau Story Room blocked by fallen trees 

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Kat O - Volunteers from a Geopark School. More geopark schools will render services to the needed areas in the coming weeks 

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Volunteers at work to clean up the sites and tidy the houses badly affected by the typhoon 

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