• Short Summary

    HONGKONG'S TWO-YEAR-OLD DROUGHT WAS BROKEN ON MAY 28 BY TYPHOON VIOLA, WHICH THREATENED TO SWAMP PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES WITH USUALLY HIGH TIDES.

  • Description

    1.
    MS WATERFRONT
    3 1/2ft

    2.
    MS WAVES (TWO SHOTS)
    8 1/2ft

    3.
    MS PEOPLE WAITING TO BOARD FERRIES FOR KOWLOON BEFORE GALE FORCE WINDS COULD COME (TWO SHOTS)
    15ft

    4.
    MS SIGN--TYPHOON NOTICE
    17 1/2ft

    5.
    MS FERRY WITH PASSENGERS LEAVING FOR KOWLOON
    22ft

    6.
    MS JUNKS IN TYPHOON SHELTER (TWO SHOTS)
    35 1/2ft

    7.
    MS PEOPLE CLEARING COLLAPSED SCAFFOLDINGS (TWO SHOTS)
    41 ft

    8.
    MS RAINING IN STREET (TWO SHOTS)
    45 1/2ft

    9.
    MS RAIN WATER FLOWING INTO RESERVOIR (THREE SHOTS)
    66ft



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: HONGKONG'S TWO-YEAR-OLD DROUGHT WAS BROKEN ON MAY 28 BY TYPHOON VIOLA, WHICH THREATENED TO SWAMP PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES WITH USUALLY HIGH TIDES. THE STORM, SWEEPING TOWARDS THE COLONY FROM THE SOUTH CHINA SEA, BROUGHT 10.85 INCHES OF RAIN IN JUST OVER 24 HOURS. THE RAINFALL WAS THE HEAVIEST IN A SINGLE DAY SINCE TYPHOON WANDA IN 1962.

    WATER RESTRICTIONS WERE IMMEDIATELY RELAXED TO AN ALTERNATE DAY SUPPLY. THE MAJORITY OF THE COLONY'S RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN ON A ONE DAY IN FOUR SUPPLY FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS.

    AT MIDNIGHT ON MAY 28, A TOTAL OF 10.85 INCHES OF RAIN HAD FALLEN SINCE WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAY 27, WHEN THE COLONY BEGAN TO FEEL THE EFFECTS OF THE TYPHOON. IT WAS THE HIGHEST DAILY RAINFALL RECORDED SINCE 1891. THE RESERVOIRS GAINED A TOTAL OF 626.25 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER.

    THE TYPHOON, THE EARLIEST OF THE SEASON FOR YEARS, BROUGHT BUSINESS ALMOST TO A STANDSTILL, BLOCKING ROADS AND CAUSING THE CANCELLATION OF FERRY AND BUS SERVICES. HUNDREDS OF FISHERFORK SOUGHT SHELTER ON LAND AS THEIR JUNKS ANCHORED AT TYPHOON SHELTERS SWAYED DANGEROUSLY. THEY WERE ACCOMMODATED IN SCHOOLS AND OTHER PUBLIC PLACES.

    GALE FORCE WINDS OF 85 KNOTS AN HOUR BROUGHT DOWN SCAFFOLDING IN MANY PARTS OF THE COLONY CAUSING ROAD OBSTRUCTIONS. IT ALSO PRODUCED PHENOMENAL TIDES, DROWNING AT LEAST 70 PEOPLE AND CAUSING ANOTHER 100 FATALITIES. SEVERAL MERCHANT SHIPS ANCHORED IN THE HARBOUR BROKE FROM THEIR MOORINGS AND SUFFERED DAMAGES. THEY ARE CURRENTLY UNDERGOING REPAIRS AT SHIPYARDS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA74Z0L57ARSADSFGXFBJC8LD22
    Media URN:
    VLVA74Z0L57ARSADSFGXFBJC8LD22
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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