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13 building plans approved in Nov

The Buildings Department approved 13 building plans in November - two on Hong Kong Island, six in Kowloon and five in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, eight were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, two for commercial developments, one for factory and industrial developments, and two for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 11 building projects which will provide 210,471 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 2,595 units and 83,060 sq m for non-domestic use.   Additionally, the department received notification of commencement of superstructure works for nine building projects.   The department also issued 16 occupation permits - three on Hong Kong Island, five in Kowloon and eight in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 53,034 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 1,355 units and 168,627 sq m for non-domestic use. http://dlvr.it/Sh3Dtw

5 typhoon names added

Five new tropical cyclone names have been added to this year's list for typhoons in the western North Pacific and the South China Sea, the Hong Kong Observatory announced today.   They are Penha, Peilou, Narra, Gaenari and Bang-lang.   Penha, a name originating from China, is derived from Penha Hill, a scenic spot in Macau.   Peilou, from China, is a common migratory bird in Macau.   Narra, from the Philippines, is a species of tree.   Gaenari, from Korea, is a spring flowering shrub with yellow flowers.   Bang-lang, from Vietnam, is a flowering tree species.   The United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific/World Meteorological Organization Typhoon Committee endorsed the names at its 54th session.   They will replace the names of Vongfong, Linfa, Molave, Goni and Vamco.   The committee will consider retiring names of tropical cyclones which have caused serious casualties and economic losses.   In May 2020, Severe Typhoon Vongfong left at least 160 people injured and damaged more than 10,000 houses during its passage across the Philippines.   In October 2020, Tropical Storm Linfa brought torrential rain to Vietnam, leading to 148 deaths or missing people.   Severe Typhoon Molave hit the Philippines and Vietnam in late October 2020, resulting in at least 50 deaths, 40 injuries and 78 people missing.   Super Typhoon Goni, the most intense tropical cyclone in the western North Pacific and the South China Sea since 2013, hit the Philippines in early November 2020. It killed at least 25 people and damaged over 170,000 houses.   In mid-November 2020, Severe Typhoon Vamco brought torrential rain and squalls to the Philippines and Vietnam, leaving at least 102 people dead, 90 injured and 10 missing.
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