Villagers who live near unauthorised container depots said such developments were so common in the New Territories that they had accepted them as part of life. A Mr Wu from Fung Kong village said it was subjected to more serious flooding as container depots closed in. Pointing at what was supposed to be green land and a fish pond near his village, the 56-year-old said he saw asphalt being laid about six weeks ago and containers being piled on top, but never suspected it was unauthorised. 'It happens everywhere anyway, you can never tell which one is legal and which one is not,' he said. 'But we don't welcome them as they raise the ground level and block discharges, causing flooding in our villages.' The Planning Department took action after receiving complaints about unauthorised land-filling on the site. A department source said the operators could not just dump containers on any ground they liked. 'The site is built on rock and sand, it is not supposed to be used as an open storage area,' the source said. 'The rainy season is coming, rainstorms can wash away the soil and there is a real danger that the containers piled above could fall and hurt somebody.' Unauthorised development carries a maximum fine of HK$500,000 for first offenders, and up to HK$1 million for repeat offences. Mark Chan Wai-chung, chairman of the Hong Kong Container Depot and Repairer Association, said the site was abandoned and the pasture covered by rocks and sand. He said the occupier had applied to the Town Planning Board for a change in the site's usage.