Hong Kong – Public urged to observe fire safety and keep countryside clean

Public urged to observe fire safety and keep countryside clean

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     The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) today (September 9) reminded the public to observe fire safety and keep the countryside clean during the Mid-Autumn Festival.



     “To prevent hill fires, visitors should not release any sky lanterns,” an AFCD spokesman said.



     “It is an offence under the Forests and Countryside Ordinance (Cap. 96) to illegally light a fire or release a sky lantern in country parks and open countryside. Offenders are liable to a maximum fine of $25,000 and one year’s imprisonment upon conviction.”



     To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community, the spokesman also appealed to the public to avoid visiting popular locations in the countryside or participating in meal gatherings in crowded places during the peak period on the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival. The public must comply with the restrictions on group gatherings under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Gathering) Regulation (Cap. 599G).



     The spokesman also reminded the public that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, country park barbecue sites and campsites are still closed. Members of the public are not allowed to enter any cordoned area or carry out barbecuing and camping activities within country parks.



     The spokesman appealed to visitors to keep the countryside clean and properly dispose of waste and used masks. Anyone who commits a littering offence in a country park area is liable to a fixed penalty of $1,500. The AFCD will step up patrols at country parks. Enforcement actions will be taken against offenders of the regulations concerned.

Hong Kong – Public urged to keep up anti-mosquito efforts

Public urged to keep up anti-mosquito efforts

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     The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) today (May 20) announced that the monthly gravidtrap index for Aedes albopictus for April was 2.2 per cent and remained at Level 1 at its lowest, indicating that mosquito infestation in the areas surveyed was not extensive.



     Among the 64 survey areas, no area recorded a gravidtrap index exceeding the alert level of 20 per cent. Moreover, the monthly density index for Aedes albopictus in April was 1.1, which represented that an average of 1.1 Aedes albopictus adults were found in the Aedes-positive gravidtraps, indicating that the number of adult Aedes albopictus was not high in the areas surveyed.



     Since March this year, the FEHD has classified the density index for Aedes albopictus into three levels to make it easier for members of the public to grasp the number of adult Aedes albopictus collected in gravidtraps of survey areas. The lowest level is Level 1 (with an index of 1 to 1.5), indicating that the number of Aedes albopictus is not abundant in the locations with positive gravidtraps. Level 2 (with an index of 1.6 to 2.4) indicates that the number of Aedes albopictus is slightly abundant in the locations with positive gravidtraps. The highest level is Level 3 (with an index of 2.5 or above), indicating that the number of Aedes albopictus is abundant in the locations with positive gravidtraps. Specific mosquito prevention and control measures will be initiated in the locations concerned accordingly. The gravidtrap and density indices for Aedes albopictus in different survey areas as well as information on mosquito prevention and control measures are available on the department’s website at www.fehd.gov.hk.



     The department reminded members of the public to carry out effective preventive and control measures against mosquitoes early because mosquitoes breed quickly in the hot and rainy summer weather.



     A spokesman for the FEHD said, “Effective mosquito control requires the sustained effort of all parties concerned. The FEHD and relevant government departments will continue to intensify their mosquito prevention and control work covering areas under their purview and strengthen publicity and education. The FEHD is conducting a three-phase Anti-mosquito Campaign this year. The second phase of the territory-wide campaign, lasting nine weeks, has been launched on April 18 and will run until June 17. During the period, the district offices of the FEHD will target areas that have drawn particular concern to remove accumulated water and to carry out mosquito prevention and control work. After the second phase of the campaign, the FEHD will conduct territory-wide thematic mosquito prevention and control special operations, such as strengthening mosquito control measures at individual construction sites. To further enhance the effectiveness of mosquito control, the FEHD and relevant government departments have already launched the All-out Anti-mosquito Operations since March 10 to focus on eliminating potential breeding places of mosquitoes. The FEHD has called on property management bodies to arrange necessary repairs to their premises so that the chance of mosquito larvae hatching is reduced, and has conducted intense adult control by regular fogging operations.”



     The FEHD appeals to members of the public to work together to carry out mosquito prevention and control measures early, including inspecting their homes and surroundings to remove potential breeding grounds, changing the water in vases and scrubbing the inner surfaces, removing the water in saucers under potted plants at least once a week, properly disposing of containers such as soft drink cans and lunch boxes, and drilling large holes in unused tyres. The FEHD also advises members of the public and estate management bodies to keep drains free of blockage and level all defective ground surfaces to prevent the accumulation of water. They should also scrub all drains and surface sewers with an alkaline detergent at least once a week to remove any mosquito eggs.



     Aedes albopictus is a kind of mosquito that can transmit dengue fever (DF) as well as Zika virus infection. DF is commonly found in tropical and subtropical regions of the world, and has become endemic in many countries in Southeast Asia. The dengue activity in neighbouring areas has remained high.

Hong Kong – Public urged to report flooding

Public urged to report flooding

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Attention duty announcers, radio and TV stations:



Please broadcast the following as soon as possible and repeat it at suitable intervals:



     Members of the public are advised to report any street flooding that comes to their notice to the Drainage Services Department by calling the 24-hour drainage hotline on 2300 1110.

Hong Kong – Public urged to report flooding

Public urged to report flooding

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Attention duty announcers, radio and TV stations:

Please broadcast the following as soon as possible and repeat it at suitable intervals:

     Members of the public are advised to report any street flooding that comes to their notice to the Drainage Services Department by calling the 24-hour drainage hotline on 2300 1110.

Hong Kong – Public urged to report flooding

Public urged to report flooding

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Attention duty announcers, radio and TV stations:

Please broadcast the following as soon as possible and repeat it at suitable intervals:

     Members of the public are advised to report any street flooding that comes to their notice to the Drainage Services Department by calling the 24-hour drainage hotline on 2300 1110.