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Kai Tak site accident being probed

The Government expressed that it is highly concerned about an accident involving the collapse of a bamboo scaffold at a Kai Tak construction site today in which two workers were killed and three others injured.   A preliminarily investigation by the Buildings Department (BD) found that the scaffold, measuring about 15m by 8m, fell to the ground from the external wall on the 19th floor of a building under construction.   The BD said it will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the cause of the incident, including whether the scaffold, as temporary works, complied with the Buildings Ordinance and whether the registered contractor and any related persons have properly discharged their responsibilities.   It added that if anyone is found in contravention of the ordinance, it will take follow-up actions, including instigating prosecution and referring to the Contractors Disciplinary Board for disciplinary proceedings.   The Labour Department (LD) also launched an immed

January warm with a cold interlude

January was overall warmer than usual despite a very cold episode in the latter part of the month, the Hong Kong Observatory said today.

For most of the month, the northeast monsoon over the south China coast was generally weaker than normal.

The monthly mean maximum temperature of 20.5 degrees Celsius, monthly mean temperature of 17.9 degrees Celsius and monthly mean minimum temperature of 15.9 degrees Celsius were higher than normal and, respectively, the sixth, sixth and seventh highest on record for January. 

January was also drier than usual, with total rainfall of 6.7 mm reaching only about 20% of the normal level.

Under the influence of the northeast monsoon and the subsequent weak replenishments, Hong Kong’s weather was generally fine and mild during the day on the first 16 days of the month.

On January 21, winds strengthened gradually from the north and temperatures fell significantly.

Under the influence of the associated intense winter monsoon and with a broad band of clouds covering southern China, local temperatures fell further on January 22 and 23. 

The weather became very cold on January 23, with temperatures at the observatory dropping to a minimum of 6.3 degrees Celsius in the morning, the lowest of the month.

The temperature at Tai Mo Shan fell to a minimum of -2.9 degrees Celsius the same day. 

There were reports of ice at Tai Mo Shan on January 23 and 24.

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