“Embarrassed” Macau under Typhoon Hato, v.s. “Calmless” Hong Kong

At around 12:50 noon on August 23, this year’s No. 13 typhoon Hato made landfall on the southern coast of Zhuhai, Guangdong. This was one of the strongest typhoons that landed in Guangdong in August since meteorological records. This time, the devil’s “homo” has amazing destructive power. So far, at least 9 people have been killed in Guangdong, and 9 people have been killed in Macau. 

On the 23rd, the “Dove” attacked Macau head-on, with a maximum gust of 17. Affected by this, sea, land and air traffic was interrupted, seawater was inverted, the highest water depth in the inner harbour area was nearly 2 meters, and the hydropower system was severely damaged (Qingzhou Water Plant, which has a production capacity of nearly half of Macau, was the most seriously damaged, and its pumping room and motor facilities were completely submerged) Many telecommunications companies’ computer rooms were flooded and services were interrupted. More than 4,000 trees collapsed. The first floors of many houses were flooded. The underground garages flooded, causing cars to soak…

Compared with several cities hit by typhoons, such as Macau, Zhuhai, and Zhongshan, Hong Kong has severe flooding in the parking lot of Xinghuacun and Lei Yue Mun, and the glass is blown windows of the Chatham Gate gondola in Hung Hom. There was no incident and no deaths. During the typhoon, the drainage, transportation, power supply and water supply systems were operating normally, ensuring that most areas did not experience flooding or major traffic accidents, and ensuring the supply of water and electricity throughout Hong Kong.

It is understandable that the reason why Hong Kong is able to “calmly” respond to strong typhoons is not only due to its 100-secret early warning mechanism and emergency response measures, but also its powerful drainage and flood storage system. Powerful drainage and flood storage system is undoubtedly important guarantee for disaster prevention. In fact, Hong Kong has been “wounded” by heavy rains many times in history. For this reason, the Drainage Services Department has launched the “rainwater drainage system overall plan” engineering research and the “flood storage plan” in the early years. During the typhoon and rain, Hong Kong was able to minimize the impact of the disaster and quickly return to normal economic and social life. The Drainage Services Department’s first-class infrastructure construction is indispensable. 

Over the years, TQM has provided a series of consulting services to the Drainage Services Department.

  • Helped it design and implement ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 management systems, and successfully passed the certification to obtain the certificate

  • Conduct employee opinion surveys to promote its new organizational culture across the agency, that is, vision, mission and core values ​​(VMV)

  • Carry out PAS 55/ISO 55001 internal auditor training and risk assessment training

  • Successfully completed the new standard conversion of ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015

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