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Typhoon Mangkhut

Typhoon Mangkhut has cut off villages near Luk Keng, with no public transport, police or postman in sight

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 September, 2018, 1:51pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 September, 2018, 1:51pm

While Hongkongers can consider ourselves very lucky in the wake of Typhoon Mangkhut, some suffered more than others.

I live at Kai Kuk Shue Ha, near Luk Keng on Bride’s Pool Road, and on the whole we weathered the storm quite well. Unfortunately, we lost a portion of Luk Keng Road to the sea and we are cut off from direct access to Sha Tau Kok and Fanling. By car, some of us can get to Tai Po by driving down Bride’s Pool Road but we have lost our public services from Sha Tau Kok and Fanling. While those with cars give lifts to those without, this is not a real solution to the problem.

There has been no mini bus through to Luk Keng, no police presence from Sha Tau Kok and Border District and no mail delivery from Sha Tau Kok post office. Garbage has accrued and it has taken many telephone calls to clear it. All of these are easily dealt with, but it seems we have been forgotten. A few dozen people across several villages are affected, but many of them are in their 70s and 80s.

First, to solve the transport issue, a shuttle bus could run from Luk Keng to the roadblock, passengers could alight and take a second minibus to Sha Tau Kok Road or Fanling.

Second, policing should temporarily be passed to Tai Po with a police post manned at Wu Kau Tang on a 24-hour basis.

Third, the post office should operate deliveries from Tai Po.

It could take several months to restore Luk Keng Road so a little official action would be appreciated. The post office promised to conduct a site visit, but some response from the police, emergency services, Transport and Highways Departments is necessary.

In such times of dire need, the chief executive should have convened a “council of war” comprising the heads of government departments. This would make the government and its departments truly responsive to the needs of the people.

Jeff Herbert, Kai Kuk Shue Ha