Parts of Hong Kong were flooded on Wednesday after a low pressure system caused heavy rain, leaving residents in some areas of the New Territories waste deep in water and bringing traffic to a standstill.

The flooding came after four days of gloomy weather, with strong winds and high waves being blamed for a ferry sinking and causing a waterspout near the Ting Kau Bridge in Tsuen Wan.

The waterspout formed about 11:30am and moved towards Lido Beach on Castle Peak Road, the Sing Pao Daily reported. Videos posted online showed a large funnel near the bridge moving towards the shore.

Another video posted by The Hong Kong Government Lifeguards General Union’s Facebook page showed a canoe and rubbish bins on the beach being blown around by the waterspout.

The Observatory had issued an amber rainstorm warning for the fourth consecutive day at 2:10pm on Wednesday, followed by a red warning at 6:40pm, the second red rainstorm warning in four days, news website HK01.com reported.

The heavy rain caused flooding in the northern New Territories, especially at Pat Heung in Yuen Long and Kam Tin in Sheung Shui.

A dog shelter on Kam Ho Road in Pat Heung was flooded and two people, 90 dogs and 10 cats had to be rescued by firemen. A tunnel near Tai Po Market station was also flooded.

Floodwaters sweep through recently constructed apartments in Pat Heung, New Territories. Photo: Abe Chung
Floodwaters sweep through recently constructed apartments in Pat Heung, New Territories. Photo: Abe Chung
Tai Po
Tai Po in the New Territories. Photo: Facebook/Tai Po, Fan Siu Fan
Yuen Long
Yuen Long in the New Territories. Photo: Facebook/Yuen Long, Charles Lau