VISNEWS filmed June 16 in Hongkong, scenes of utter devastation and frantic rescue efforts as torrential rains flooded the island for the fourth day ...
GV Flooded main street in Hong kong.
GV Another flooded street, lorry passes camera.
LV Flooded street.
GV Flooded street PAN to shops.
GV Another flooded street with "No Entry" sign.
SV Gushing water through streets.
Men piling sand bags.
GV Ditto at shop front.
SV Men carry sandbags.
TGV PAN..Over flooded building-still pouring with rain.
SV Firemen dig into debris trying to locate trapped people.
TV Rescue team covering bodies.
TV Rescue team clearing debris.
CV Ditto with earth mover.
SV Firemen pull down wreckage.
TV Firemen digging.
SV Firemen climb on remains of building.
TGV Firemen remove debris.
TV Firemen clearing wreckage.
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Background: VISNEWS filmed June 16 in Hongkong, scenes of utter devastation and frantic rescue efforts as torrential rains flooded the island for the fourth day ... bringing the death toll to 64 and rendering 12,000 people homeless.
Police, fire brigade, public works and rescue workers were quick to help victims trapped when huge tenement houses and office buildings collapsed.
But the rainstorms, worst in Hongkong's history, were so heavy and landslides so sudden that rescue work was severely hampered. Roads were blocked crops ruined..and hundreds of hillside squatters trapped and injured as their flimsy homes tumbled under the force of the floods.
Communications were affected .. and air and sea transport curtailed.
Finally after four days of deluge and nearly 30 in. of rain, the rains ceased -- and the sun returned.
But rescue teams were still digging for bodies ... and the enormous task of starting afresh faced the islanders, homeless and bereaved by the disaster..
As rehabilitation began in Hongkong, Peking Radio reported that South-east China was suffering its worst floods in ten years.