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Hong Kong gears up for super typhoon Mangkhut

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HONG KONG, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) — As super typhoon Mangkhut is approaching, China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government has made all the necessary preparations for it, HKSAR’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Friday.

The HKSAR government convened an inter-departmental meeting on Friday, the second one within a week, to review the preparedness and contingency plan for typhoon. Lam said that those preparations include mobilizing all the relevant departments to take precautionary measures.

“During the typhoon, we need to be able to respond effectively in order to mitigate any damage or any loss of life and injuries,” Lam said, adding that restoration work will be done to bring the SAR back to normal as soon as possible.

According to the Hong Kong Observatory, the weather in Hong Kong will turn bad significantly on Sunday, when Mangkhut is expected to be the closest to Hong Kong and a typhoon signal No. 8 is likely to be hoisted.

To minimize the typhoon’s impact, measures have been taken including the installation of flood barriers at black spots and low-lying areas which are prone to serious flooding, including Tai O in Lantau Island and Lei Yue Mun in Kowloon.

An emergency monitoring and support center will be activated and 48 temporary shelters will be opened once the tropical cyclone warning signal No. 3 is issued.

The Home Affairs Department will arrange on Saturday coaches to transport Tai O residents to nearby temporary shelters, about 300 to 400 residents will be involved.

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