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Floods in Hong Kong show preparations for climate change must start now

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LettersFloods in Hong Kong show preparations for climate change must start now

Readers discuss the importance of boosting disaster risk management systems, and the reaction on the mainland to Japan’s release of waste from the Fukushima nuclear power plantClimate changeLettersPublished: 2:30pm, 9 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.About a week after being hit by Typhoon Saola, on Thursday Hong Kong witnessed the highest rainfall in an hour since records began in 1884, resulting in flash floods across the city that put people’s safety at risk.

Many services were halted as roads, tunnels and railway stations were flooded. Hong Kong should enhance its disaster risk management system for extreme weather events.

Climate change is increasing the intensity and frequency of rainfall, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Hong Kong may face even more severe and frequent rainfall in the near future.

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