Helicopter bid called off

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 July, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 July, 1997, 12:00am

Rescuers yesterday called off plans to use a helicopter to help find the elderly caretaker of the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery who was believed buried under a mudslide.

Ma Shuk-fong, 73, has been missing since more than 400 cubic metres of mud and trees buried her house next to the world-famous Sha Tin landmark on Wednesday.

The Fire Services Department asked the Government Flying Service to send a helicopter to help clear debris at the site.

'But the plan was later aborted because it was getting dark,' a government spokesman said.

Ms Ma's daughter, son and grandchildren were waiting anxiously at the scene.

'My mother is really beneath the mud . . . she never goes down the hill,' her daughter cried.

'Please help, and don't just tell me to go home and wait for the news,' she added.

In Pai Tau Village, beneath the monastery, at least 20 people were evacuated yesterday.

There have been more than 100 reports of landslides and 130 of flooding in the past two days.