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Hikers defy safety warnings at Hong Kong’s country parks after record rainfall

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Hikers defy safety warnings at Hong Kong’s country parks, venture through debris left by record black rainstorm

About 25 country park trails and other pathways are still marked as closed following unprecedented rainstorm‘The government has not been very quick, they should do more to clear the path,’ one hiker saysHong Kong societyConnor MycroftPublished: 1:58pm, 17 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Hikers ignored warnings of safety hazards at Hong Kong’s country parks on Sunday, as they traversed the remnants of landslides and other debris left over from a record-breaking rainstorm that caused flash flooding across the city earlier this month.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department had reminded hikers that many country park trails were temporarily closed following the extreme weather event, and that they should avoiding using them due to safety concerns.

One expert said residents should avoid cordoned off areas, which could be vulnerable to further landslides or accidents.

As of Sunday morning, about 25 country park trails and other pathways were still marked as closed to the public, according to the department’s website.

The city was hit by Super Typhoon Saola earlier this month, followed by its worst rainstorm on record on September 8, which triggered an unprecedented 16-hour black alert and unleashed a quarter of the city’s total annual rainfall in just 24 hours.

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