In Brief

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 May, 2008, 12:00am

Mother, sons overcome by smoke in flat fire

A 48-year-old mother and her sons, aged eight and 17, were recovering in hospital last night after being overcome by smoke when their public housing flat in Yuen Long caught fire. The fire broke out shortly before 8am and was upgraded to a No3 alarm 10 minutes later. Firemen used three jets and six breathing apparatus teams to fight the blaze which was put out at 9am. The unit on the 21st floor of Chu Ping House, Long Ping Estate, was severely damaged. The three were sent to Pok Oi Hospital in stable condition. About 50 neighbours had to be evacuated.

Infections of EV71 virus expected to increase

The number of infections of the intestinal virus EV71 will continue to rise and reach its peak in August, the health chief has warned. York Chow Yat-ngok said there had been 14 infections in Hong Kong this year, and nearby cities had also reported more cases. But Dr York said people should not panic as the situation was under control and people were aware of the importance of hygiene. Some 36 children have died on the mainland and there have been more than 27,000 reported cases.

Bus fare price rises considered

Transport minister Eva Cheng says the government is considering applications for fare increases by bus companies. The government would look into the companies' revenues, operating costs and the affordability of the community, she said, adding that no timetable had been set so far.

Minibus catches fire

A minibus caught fire and broke down in Diamond Hill. The fire occurred at about 3.30pm when the vehicle was travelling along Fung Tak Road near the Chi Lin Nunnery. No one was injured and firemen quickly put out the fire once they arrived. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Man fights for life after fall

A 39-year-old man was fighting for his life after falling off a 3-metre high platform while working in an industrial building in Shek Kok Road, Tseung Kwan O. He was in critical condition in Queen Elizabeth Hospital last might.