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3 ways Hong Kong can use technology to better deal with extreme weather

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Letters3 ways Hong Kong can use technology to better deal with extreme weather

Readers discuss how the city can minimise inconvenience and loss due to extreme weather, two steps that could hasten the internationalisation of the Chinese currency, and the Hong Kong government’s waste charging schemeHong Kong environmental issuesLettersPublished: 11:30am, 19 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Feel strongly about these letters, or any other aspects of the news? Share your views by emailing us your Letter to the Editor at [email protected] or filling in this Google form. Submissions should not exceed 400 words, and must include your full name and address, plus a phone number for verification.The government’s ineffective response to the heavy rain in early September drew much criticism. Therefore, I am putting forward three proposals to minimise the inconvenience and loss.

First, to get the public better prepared, the Hong Kong government should also issue SMS warnings – as has been done in mainland China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea – in the event of a typhoon No 8, extremely heavy rain, hail, and very cold or hot weather, to all mobile phone users in the city, including tourists.

We should put behind us the criticism of the government’s first use of SMS during the epidemic in March last year. That criticism may have been due to a different reason, not the use of SMS itself.

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