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Flood alert system for Tai O and emergency co-ordination centre activated
     The Islands District Office (IsDO) announced that the flood alert system specially put in place for Tai O residents has been activated, following the forecast by the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) that serious flooding may occur in Tai O. 
     According to the forecast of the HKO, the sea level at Tai O may rise to 3.0 metres above Chart Datum or more at around 6am tomorrow (August 25) under the influence of the tropical cyclone, and may lead to tidal backflow and serious flooding in the low-lying areas of Tai O.
     The IsDO has activated an emergency co-ordination centre at the Tai O Rural Committee Office, jointly set up by the IsDO, the Fire Services Department (FSD), the Police, the Social Welfare Department, other government departments concerned and relevant non-governmental organisations. The emergency co-ordination centre will co-ordinate any necessary evacuation, rescue and emergency relief efforts for Tai O. In addition, temporary shelters respectively at the Tai O Rural Committee Office and the Hong Kong Young Women's Christian Association Tai O Community Work Office on the ground floor of Lung Tin Shopping Centre, as well as the Lung Tin Transit Centre, have been opened for residents in need.
     The Police, the FSD and Civil Aid Service personnel will help affected residents, if needed, to move to the temporary shelter or other safe locations.
     Residents living in the low-lying areas of Tai O are advised to take shelter at a safe place before the flood arrives. The IsDO will monitor the situation closely and co-ordinate with other government departments to render full assistance to residents in need.
Ends/Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Issued at HKT 18:36
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