Thursday, May 18, 2006

Typhoon Chanchu: aftermath

Last night at 9:30pm. Hong Kong Observatory dropped the signal from No. 3 to No. 1. By the time Mister B woke up this morning, all was back to its seasonal normality: blue sky, tranquil sea, hot sun, warm earth.

The sort of day that brings to mind the opening sentence of the novel Murphy, by Samuel Beckett: The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.

Anyway, South China Morning Post (paid; no link) reports that, locally, the worst casualty was a 79-year-old lady hit by a falling flowerpot. Her being in Kowloon, the flowerpot may have fallen from a great height. She is in a serious condition in United Christian Hospital. Here's hoping the elderly lady gets well soon.

Elsewhere? To the east of Hong Kong, mainland authorities in southern Guandong and the southern provinces in Fujian evacuated up to six hundred thousand people in anticipation of Typhoon Chanchu's predicted northeasterly course along the mainland coast.

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