Scaffolding collapsed from a side of a building during severe weather in Hong Kong on Friday, killing a worker and trapping several people.
The bamboo scaffolding was attached to a high-rise residential building and collapsed as Tropical Storm Lionrock churned southwest of the city with maximum sustained winds of 38 miles per hour.
The collapse occurred shortly before a “black” rainfall signal, the highest level existing in the city, was issued by the Hong Kong Observatory. The black rainfall signal warned of more than 2.76 inches of rainfall per hour, and the observatory also instructed people to “stay indoors or take shelter in a safe place.”
Officials said that the trapped individuals were both construction workers and others who were trapped in two cars that were located underneath the scaffolding when it collapsed. The trapped people have since been rescued from the wreckage by emergency workers, the Associated Press reported.
According to The South China Morning Post, the worker who died was a 55-year-old woman. All others escaped with minor injuries or were unharmed.
Tropical Storm Lionrock is still heading toward Hong Kong, and is expected to make its closest approach to the city on Saturday.
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