Shops struggle against odds to carry on business Many of the businesses at Kwai Fong Terrace in Kwai Chung struggled to remain open yesterday on the second day of an electricity blackout. One of them was a laundry shop on the ground floor, where Tracy Lo, daughter of the family that runs the shop, was quietly washing clothes by hand. The washing machines were disabled because of the two-day power blackout but many of the shop's clients were desperate to get their laundry back. 'Try doing this yourself, my arms are about to snap,' Ms Lo, 22, said as she scrubbed and rinsed. As the shop owners laboured inside to overcome the problems created by the power cut, technicians worked to repair a fault in the switch room outside the shopping centre. Relief came late last night, when the power supply was restored at about 10.15pm. About 60 shops on the Kwai Chung estate had had no electricity since the power went off on Monday morning. Residents in the 600 flats above the shops had no lifts and no water because the outage had cut off the estate's water pumps. They had to cart water up as many as 25 storeys to their flats. Two attempts on Monday to resume power were unsuccessful. An adviser to the estate's owners' corporation, Peter Cheung, said the owners knew repairs were needed as long as two years ago. 'We wanted to comprehensively check the estate's power system, but it has been very difficult to get the $200,000 needed from owners,' he said. Mr Cheung said the owners' corporation had secured the money needed in May, but the switch room had broken down soon after the maintenance project began. He suspected the delay in starting work may have caused the power outage. The technicians conducting emergency repairs in the switch room managed to fix one of the two main switches for the estate yesterday afternoon, but power was not fully restored until 10.15pm, more than 38 hours after it was cut. Owners' corporation chairman Lee Sing-wai said the cause of the problem would be investigated.