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3 ways Hong Kong can better prepare for intense storms

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Letters3 ways Hong Kong can better prepare for intense storms

Readers discuss how Hong Kong can focus on the nuts and bolts of preparing for disasters, and the planned waste-charging schemeHong Kong environmental issuesLettersPublished: 11:30am, 12 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 frequency and intensity of tropical storms exposes the vulnerability of coastal cities in their path. This week’s “black” rainstorm flooded low-lying areas in Hong Kong, triggering landslides and causing traffic shutdowns. Some neighbourhoods truly looked like disaster zones, with debris and fallen trees piling up in the streets.

As Hong Kong is slowly recovering from the storm, it is important to reflect on three lessons for future crisis management.

First, global warming is making extreme weather the new normal everywhere. When the air warms up, the winds and downpours brought by typhoons become immensely intense.

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