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One dead, others trapped after scaffolding collapses in Hong Kong

By The Associated Press

HONG KONG: A worker was killed and others trapped on Friday after a traditional bamboo scaffolding exploded from the side of an under-construction building in Hong Kong. officials and reports said.

The southern Chinese city was devastated by heavy rain and strong winds as other parts of the country also experienced dangerous weather conditions.

Local media reported that construction workers and several others trapped in two cars were rescued by emergency workers after the scaffolding collapsed.

The Hong Kong Observatory reported that Tropical Storm Leonrock was to the southwest of the regional financial centre, which has a population of 7.5 million. Maximum sustained winds were measured at 61 kilometers (38 miles) per hour.

It said the outer rain bands associated with Leonrock will continue to bring widespread heavy rain to the coast of Guangdong province across the border from Hong Kong in mainland China. It also issued a warning of stormy seas and possible flooding.

Hainan, the island province south of Hong Kong, and other parts of the southern coast were also preparing for the storm.

Elsewhere in China, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the China Meteorological Administration issued warnings of possible landslides and flooding in the north and west, including in Shanxi, Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces.

Flood warnings were also issued in the middle and lower reaches of China’s second longest Yellow River, which has a long history of bursting, but has seen water levels drop significantly in recent years due to overuse.

The year has brought unusually wet weather in China’s central and northern regions, with torrential rains and flooding in July killing at least 292 people in Zhengzhou, a major city in the central province of Henan, some of them in the city. are stranded. Subway.

Seasonal floods strike large parts of China every year, especially in its central and southern regions. China’s worst floods in recent years occurred in 1998, when more than 2,000 people died and nearly three million homes were destroyed, most along the banks of China’s most powerful river, the Yangtze.

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