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One man dies, 20 others injured as Kompasu lashes HK

13 October 2021

By The SUN

Latest satellite image taken by the Observatory shows heavy cloud still hovers over Lamma Island


One man has died and 20 other people been injured during the onslaught of typhoon Kompasu in Hong Kong.

According to a statement posted on the government at about 5pm today, Oct 13, 21 people, comprising 10 men and 11 women have been injured during the typhoon and received medical treatment at the emergency rooms of public hospitals. One of them subsequently died.

No other details were given.

As at 4pm, the 1823 Government Call Centre has received 72 reports of fallen trees while 10 flooding cases were confirmed. No report of landslide has been received.

The Home Affairs Department has opened 24 temporary shelters in various districts where 255 people have taken refuge.    

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The Observatory downgraded the Severe Storm Signal No 8 to No 3 at 4:40pm today, more than 23 hours after it was hoisted. This made it the longest time a T8 signal was in force in Hong Kong.

It had considered lowering the signal earlier but heavy rain, particularly on Lantau Island, began to fall just before this time, prompting the issuance of an amber rainstorm warning. A thunderstorm warning was also issued, which is expected to remain effective until 6pm today.

The Observatory said in an advisory issued at 4pm that more than 70 millimetres of hourly rain had fallen, or is expected to fall on Lantau, which may cause serious flooding. Squally thunderstorms are expected over Hong Kong.

A lone pedestrian braves heavy rain brought by Kompasu (RTHK)

Residents who may be affected are advised to take precautions to avoid possible flood damage as the heavy the heavy may cause flash floods.


Everyone is advised to stay away from bodies of water and drivers should beware of any serious road flooding and traffic congestion when they go out.

Earlier, Kompasu brought HK to a halt, with classes in all levels suspended, offices closes and public transport seriously disrupted.

The stock market, child and elderly services centers, courts, and Immigration Department were all closed for the day.

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The MTR said it is providing limited services, with trains on most of its lines running at 10-minute intervals, while the Airport Express runs at 30-minute intervals.

The Home Affairs Department has opened 24 temporary shelters in various districts and 237 people have sought refuge there so far.
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