• Overnight thunderstorms lash Hong Kong and Observatory reports thousands of lightning strikes across city
  • Passengers forced to walk to station after trains stop on track around 12.20am
People queue in the rain for a replacement bus service outside University Station in Ma Liu Shui. Photo: David Wong

Hong Kong's MTR East Rail line resumed service on Sunday after a tree fell on to power lines in the early hours of the morning.

Services between University and Fanling stations had been suspended, and the MTR Corporation said repairs to the line were completed around 10.30am, after the tree fell over next to Tai Po Market station.

The city was hit by intense thunderstorms early on Sunday, and according to the Hong Kong Observatory website, thousands of lightning strikes were recorded in the city between midnight and 3am.

The disruption on the East Rail line began at around 12.20am, when overhead cables between Tai Po Market and University stations were damaged, leading to the suspension of services between Fo Tan and Sheung Shui until 1.30am.

MTR staff carry out repair work to overhead power lines near Tai Po Market station. Photo: David Wong

During that time, a Hung Hom-bound train and another one heading to Sheung Shui stopped on the tracks, and passengers had to walk to Tai Po Market station with the help of rail staff.

Travellers were advised to allow more time for journeys between Hung Hom and University stations, and between Fanling and Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau.

Free shuttle buses running between University and Fanling stations were arranged by the MTR Corp while services were suspended.

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