Flags were flown at half-staff Tuesday at the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government headquarters to mourn the 19 people who died in Saturday’s bus crash in the New Territories.
The region’s Executive Council and Legislative Council observed a moment of silence.
The Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Hong Kong, as well as the Commissioner’s Office of China’s Foreign Ministry and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Garrison in the city, also observed a moment of silence at around 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
A number of websites of Hong Kong government departments and local newspapers were turned black and white.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and National People’s Congress Standing Committee Chairman Zhang Dejiang each conveyed their sympathies and expressed their condolences to the bereaved families, as well as to those injured in the accident.
Lam has announced that the Lunar New Year fireworks display scheduled on Feb. 17 would be canceled as an “expression of citywide mourning.”
“I hereby announce that the government has decided to cancel the fireworks show on the second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, or Saturday, February 17. We have informed the sponsors and received their understanding and support. They said they will donate the money saved from the fireworks show to the families of the victims in the accident, which will amount to no less than a million Hong Kong dollars,” says Lam.
She also said that principal Hong Kong government officials and herself would refrain from attending any major celebratory events in the coming weeks.
A double-decker bus overturned Saturday evening in the New Territories, killing 19 people and injuring over 60.
According to Lam, 27 injured passengers have been discharged from hospitals and 25 remain hospitalized but in stable condition.
The 30-year-old driver of the bus has been arrested.
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