$11m for typhoon damage

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 October, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 October, 1995, 12:00am

MILLIONS of dollars have been allocated to re-plant thousands of trees knocked over in the typhoon season.

Nearly 700 trees were felled when typhoons Helen, Kent and Sibyl blasted through the territory. The typhoons also destroyed 7,136 shrubs.

The Urban Services Department has budgeted $11 million this year to protect and plant greenery, with $5 million of that dedicated to planting street trees.

Since the Green Hong Kong campaign was launched in 1993, the department has planted 24,000 trees, 50,000 saplings and 1.8 million shrubs.

Its target for 1995-96 is 14,000 trees, 25,000 saplings and 800,000 shrubs.