Mr Tsoi Tze-shun, Scientific Officer of the Observatory, participated in the 'Seminar on Meteorological Service for Prevention and Mitigation of Flooding in Cities' held on 28 September 2016 in Guangzhou. The seminar was organised by the Guangzhou Meteorological Service, the Meteorological Society of Guangzhou and the Guangzhou Association for Science & Technology.
Flooding in cities is usually caused by torrential rain. Situated over the South China Coast, Hong Kong is often affected by such weather during spring and summer every year. Mr Tsoi shared the Observatory's experience in responding to natural disasters such as rainstorms, floods and landslips, as well as the emergency response with other government departments and organisations. Other experts attending the seminar also stressed that under the influence of global warming, extreme weather will occur more frequently than ever. Large and densely-populated cities will be more prone to severe flooding due to torrential rain. Not only do meteorological organisations need to enhance the accuracy of weather forecast, but also work more closely with other departments in order to mitigate the risks brought by natural disasters.