Sunday, June 08, 2008

Hong Kong Flooded After Worst Rain in 124 Years

Today residents in Hong Kong woke up to find over half their city under water, having received its worst rain in over 124 years.

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The rain was so bad that over 8,000 lighting strikes were recorded and at one point over 5.7 inches of rain fell in a single hour, a record high since 1884. The nonstop rain also caused numerous mud slides, like the one below, that poured onto highways and trapping vehicles.

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The airport freeway was completely flooded, and over 400 flights were delayed or cancelled.

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Flooded stores were forced to watch their products float away or get ruined by the water.

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Many residents, like the girl below, found themselves trapped waist deep in the floods.

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The raging water was so dangerous, policemen had to use ropes to help locals cross the street.

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The forecast shows that the rain should die down in the next few days but until it does, residents in Hong Kong are in for a long wet weekend.


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