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Flood Victims Rescued in Hong Kong

June 9, 2001

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HONG KONG (AP) _ Firefighters used helicopters and dinghies to rescue people stranded by floods after torrential rain in Hong Kong on Saturday, and at least nine people were hospitalized.

Rescue workers in helicopters lifted to safety nine people trapped on rooftops in a village in the northern suburbs.

Firefighters in dinghies saved three people in another village. In many villages, they waded through chest-deep water to reach trapped people. The total number of people rescued was not immediately available.

The Hong Kong Observatory recorded rainfall of up to 10 feet in the worst-hit rural areas between 12 a.m. and about 5 p.m. Saturday.

The pouring rain prompted the closure of schools Saturday and stranded many people away from home. Hundreds of people were evacuated from flooded villages.

``We are in big trouble tonight. We don’t even know where to stay,″ said a villager who only gave his surname, Wan.

About 102 people found shelter in community centers, the government said.

The rain disrupted bus service and caused a huge traffic jam near the border with mainland China. Vehicles trying to return from the mainland were stranded in Shenzhen.

A government spokeswoman said eight landslides were recorded.

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