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Hong Kong streets, metro flooded by heaviest rain in 140 years

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Hong Kong experienced extreme rainfall on Friday, resulting in widespread flooding across the densely populated city.

Streets, shopping malls, and metro stations were submerged in water, leading authorities to close schools and advise workers to stay home.

This Chinese special administrative region witnessed the highest hourly rainfall ever recorded in its 140-year history, causing cascades of water to flow down its mountainous terrain.

Authorities issued warnings of potential landslides due to the heavy rain.

Videos circulated on social media depicted streets transformed into torrents, and one clip showed metro workers wading through waist-deep water in a station, attempting to manage the flow of water pouring down from street level.

The city’s crucial cross-harbour tunnel, connecting Hong Kong Island to Kowloon, also faced significant flooding. Images revealed a waterlogged shopping centre in the Chai Wan district.

Between 11 p.m. HKT on Thursday and midnight on Friday (1500 to 1600 GMT on Thursday), the Hong Kong Observatory reported a rainfall of 158.1 millimetres (6.2 inches).

The weather bureau issued the highest-level “black” rainstorm warning and recorded over 200 mm of rainfall in various parts of Hong Kong since Thursday night.

The extreme weather conditions resulted from the remnants of Typhoon Haikui and the associated low-pressure system, which brought heavy rain to China’s Guangdong coast since Thursday.

The adverse weather was expected to persist until at least noon on Friday, leading to the closure of Hong Kong’s stock exchange for the morning session.

If the “black” rainstorm warning remains in effect by noon, the exchange will remain closed for the afternoon session as well.

Hong Kong’s leader, John Lee, expressed deep concern over the extensive flooding and instructed all departments to respond with “all-out efforts” to address the situation.

Additionally, some passenger and cargo clearance points at two border control points between Hong Kong and the neighbouring city of Shenzhen were suspended due to flooding, as reported by the government.

In the Wong Tai Sin district, vehicles struggled to navigate a major road submerged in water.

Hong Kong’s MTR Corp, responsible for the city’s rail network, announced the closure of at least one rail line, with others operating on delayed schedules due to the adverse weather conditions.

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Ultra-processed diets could be the hidden path to weight gain

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Understanding calories and their role in dieting on the human body.

Calories, units of energy from food, are vital for bodily functions, and calorie counting helps manage weight by tracking energy intake. However, recent insights reveal that not all calories are equal, and nutritional quality is crucial.

Processed foods, rich in added sugars, unhealthy fats, and sodium, lack essential nutrients, contributing to obesity and diseases.

Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to discuss.

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Online shopping and the pivotal issue of returns continues

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Big businesses are continuing to balance customer expectations and logistics.

While many love the convenience, there are still significant challenges with delivery and returns. From delayed packages to cumbersome return processes, its clear that there’s room for improvement.

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss.

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U.S. joins Europeans to censure Iran at UN watchdog

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Global concerns are growing over Iran’s nuclear activities.

In a rare move, the U.S. joined European allies in censuring Iran at the UN nuclear watchdog, citing Iran’s lack of cooperation with nuclear inspectors.

This decision underscores growing concerns over Iran’s nuclear activities and signals a unified stance among Western nations.

Despite fears of further escalation, the U.S. supported the resolution to pressure Iran into compliance with international nuclear agreements.

Andrew Ghalili, Senior Policy Analyst, with the National Union for Democracy in Iran (NUFDI) joins Veronica Dudo to discuss.

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