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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Ben Tse and Samantha Butler


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Major power cut after transmission bridge catches fire  Listenfacebook
Large parts of New Territories West were plunged into darkness on Tuesday night after a fire broke out on a CLP Power transmission bridge in Yuen Long. Dozens of people were trapped in lifts, while hospital and train services were disrupted, but no one was injured. The electricity company says 20,000 households in Tin Shui Wai will face two days without electricity. Mike Weeks reports:
CLP apologises over bridge blaze  Listenfacebook
At a press conference shortly after midnight on Tuesday, CLP Power apologised for the incident and said the bridge had been inspected last year. There are three other cable bridges of that type in Hong Kong. Robert Kemp reports:
Covid sees classes suspended at two more schools  Listenfacebook
Two more secondary schools have been told to suspend classes for a week amid Covid outbreaks found there. It comes as health authorities reported 1,198 new cases, 122 of them imported. Vicky Wong reports:
State leader expected at 25th handover events  Listenfacebook
Legco President Andrew Leung has scrapped next Wednesday's meeting of the legislature, to reduce the risks of Covid infections and to safeguard the smooth running of events to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the handover on July 1. Lawmakers are among those invited to attend the official ceremony marking the Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day. Executive Councillor Ip Kwok-him says he believes a state leader will come to Hong Kong for the celebrations but he thinks it will be a brief visit. Maggie Ho reports:
People's Daily publishes Xi's quotes on HK  Listenfacebook
Although it is still not known whether President Xi Jinping will come to Hong Kong or not for the 25th anniversary of the founding of the SAR, the People's Daily says it has always been in the state leader's heart. The organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party expressed confidence in Hong Kong’s future, and used the rapidly approaching celebrations to publish some of Xi's past quotes on the city. Maggie Ho reports:
Govt seeks information on Jumbo capsize  Listenfacebook
The government has asked the owners of the Jumbo Floating Restaurant for a report on how the vessel came to capsize last Saturday, as it was being towed in the South China Sea. The Marine Department said it was heading for Cambodia. The 46-year-old restaurant had suspended operations in March 2020 and was being sent away for maintenance and storage. Robert Kemp reports:
Jumbo salvage attempt would be 'costly'  Listenfacebook
A maritime scholar says he expects the insurer of the Jumbo Floating Restaurant will thoroughly investigate how it came to capsize in deep waters near the Xisha Islands on Sunday. Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises said salvage work would be extremely difficult since the water depth in the area exceeded 1,000 metres. Stephen Li, of the Polytechnic University's Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, told Joanne Wong that any attempt to try to salvage the Jumbo would be very costly:
Kai Tak Sports Park beset by delays  Listenfacebook
The Commissioner for Sports has confirmed that the opening of two of the three main venues at the long-awaited Kai Tak Sports Park has been pushed back by at least a year. But Yeung Tak-keung insists the venues will be ready for use in the National Games in 2025, as Timmy Sung reports:
Rugby Sevens' decision expected within weeks  Listenfacebook
The head of the Hong Kong Rugby Union says it is still waiting for the government to sign off on its plans to hold the Hong Kong Sevens in November. Robbie McRobbie said he was confident the event could be held safely under an “Olympic-style closed-loop system” to limit the spread of Covid-19. He began by telling Samantha Butler that it was understandable that the opening of two of the Kai Tak Sports Park's main venues was delayed by one year, but it was “not the end of the world”:
Group calls for walking path in Lion Rock Tunnel  Listenfacebook
A transport group is pushing for the government to make space for bicycle riders and pedestrians when it upgrades the Lion Rock Tunnel. The Highways Department set out plans in 2019 to expand the decades-old tunnel that connects Kowloon and Sha Tin. These include excavating a new tunnel to facilitate the work. The group, Kowloon Greenway, wants this "backup" tunnel turned into a green mobility corridor. Benny Yip from Kowloon Greenway told Ben Tse about the public health benefits of such corridors:
Macau's Fortuna Hotel locked down  Listenfacebook
A hotel in Macau has been locked down by authorities amid the Covid-19 outbreak in the SAR. About 700 people are believed to be inside the Fortuna Hotel and will have to stay there for at least a week. Wendy Wong reports:
Hundreds die in flooding in Assam  Listenfacebook
Unprecedented rainfall and flooding has left behind a trail of destruction in the Indian state of Assam, submerging villages, destroying crops, and wrecking homes. Authorities say 32 of its 35 districts have been affected, killing more than 130 people and displacing more than 4.7 million over the last week. Annemarie Evans found out more from RTHK's India correspondent, Murali Krishnan: