Chapter 2:Response Phase


Hong Kong Observatory released a video to show and analyze the power of the super typhoon.
(Source:Hong Kong Observatory

As Typhoon Mangkhut moved closer and Hurricane Signal No. 10 was issued on 16 Sep (Sun), most public services were suspended. There were a few reports of property damage and fall of equipment at construction sites. The strong wind also swung buildings and brought floods to coastal households. Despite the serious damages, the city showed fitting response in general [1] [2]

  • The Hong Kong Observatory and media provided regular updates on typhoon news.
  • Emergency workers were on standby and ready to deploy upon requests from those in need.
    Emergency responders were deployed to Lei Yue Mun when Hurricane Signal No. 10 was in force.
    (Source: SCMP)
  • Public utility companies sent staff for emergency restoration work.
  • Most citizens followed the repeated safety reminders to stay indoors.


Lessons Learned


Thanks to the cooperation of citizens to stay indoors, there were no fatal casualties as Mangkhut slammed the city. Meanwhile, tribute was paid to the emergency workers who efficiently aided people requiring support [2] [3].

The Hong Kong Observatory and media made frequent updates about the typhoon to keep citizens aware of its threats. Some residents also circulated videos and photos of damage in different districts to alert each other, although a number of those sources were later identified as irrelevant to Mangkhut [4]. This implies a need to rely on credible sources regarding updates on disasters.