Problems began surfacing in Sai O when the first of the trees was hewn, according to resident Martin Lee. 'People have been suffering strokes since construction work started, but we didn't think much of it until now,' said Mr Lee, 35, who has lived in the village of 300 to 400 people since he was three. Residents called in a fung shui master yesterday to repel the cloud of bad luck. They were uncertain as to why resident Lee Shu-sang had died on Monday. But Lee Fu-kwai, the man's brother, said: 'He was fine before the chopping of the trees. He had a cold and a slightly blocked nose on Saturday. But after the trees were chopped, he became worse and had to go to hospital.' Fung shui master Ho Shing said Sai O had a pak kung - a god protecting it. 'The trees prevent the three killing forces from hitting the village and moving the village god,' he said. 'The three killings mean livestock, humans and wealth in the village.'