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Government preparing for the worst as super typhoon approaches  Listenfacebook
The government says it is preparing for the worst as Super Typhoon Mangkhut is expected to be closest to Hong Kong on Sunday. It said that includes appealing to those living in low-lying areas in Tai O Village and Lei Yue Mun to evacuate before the storm comes. The administration held an inter-departmental meeting involving more than 30 departments. The Home Affairs Department said the government will be sending coaches to Tai O on Saturday to help evacuate residents to temporary shelters. Drainage services staff have also been clearing drains at 150 flood-prone locations around Hong Kong, in an effort to minimise flooding when the typhoon hits. The chief engineer of the Drainage Services Department, Edwin Lau, said flood barriers are also being set up in high-risk areas, such as Tai O Village and Lei Yue Mun, and barriers are also being given to residents there to help them protect their homes from floodwater. He spoke to Frances Sit:
Elderly commission chairman says much more residential land should be made available  Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Elderly Commission, Lam Ching-choi, says Hong Kong needs to double the amount of new residential land estimated by the government if the city is to cope with its ageing population. According to the government, another 1,200 hectares of residential land will be required by 2050 to meet the city's housing demands. But Lam said 2,400 hectares is more realistic. He told Janice Wong that as a developed society, Hong Kong should not be looking to confine its residents to tiny, cramped homes: