After Typhoon Mangkhut, a big thank you for Hong Kong’s spirited clean-up effort
All the conversation in Hong Kong for the past few days has swirled around Typhoon Mangkhut, which has had a devastating effect on the city. Although there were repeated warnings from the Hong Kong Observatory and the government, and people had started to prepare days before, the city found it hard to withstand the power of its fiercest storm in decades, possibly ever.
Low-lying and coastal areas, especially Tai O and Heng Fa Chuen, were flooded, and there was extensive damage to property. More than 1,500 trees were toppled citywide, blocking off roads. Some also fell on MTR tracks, which affected operations and added to traffic chaos.
The government hoped that main arteries would return to normal by Tuesday morning, amid criticism over unclear announcements from the transport companies.
Watch: The morning after Typhoon Mangkhut
However, instead of blaming the railway and bus companies for inadequate arrangements, and heated discussion on whether the government should have ordered offices to remain closed on Monday, I believe we should express our thanks to all the on-duty workers, including the disciplined services, maintenance workers, health care workers, janitors in all companies, street cleaners, volunteers and others, who made it possible for the city to get back on its feet quite quickly. A big thank you to all these workers who may have been required to be on duty right after the typhoon blew over or even overnight.
Carly Fung, Hang Hau