News Release

Typhoon Mangkhut Damages Countless Homes and Properties in Hong Kong

Volunteer missionaries provide service throughout city

Hong Kong experienced its most serious typhoon in history Sunday, September 16, 2018. Officials said the storm surge of nearly 13 feet, uprooted some 1,500 trees, flooded thousands of homes and offices and left hundreds of windows shattered all over the city. Miraculously, no lives were lost, though a few hundred were injured while others were displaced.


For The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, reports from missionaries and members in Hong Kong and Macau indicated they are safe. Damage to Church buildings was minimal and the Hong Kong China Temple began operations on a normal schedule on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

For the community, the long process of recovery has begun. Members and missionaries of the Church are actively engaged in helping fellow Church members, neighbors and local communities clean debris from the destruction. Neighbors and community leaders have been impressed with the missionaries’ prompt response and expressed deep gratitude for the help they have received. 

“Thank you so much elders,” a property manager in Tin Shui Wan said. “I know you are a good church and good elders. When I’m not so busy, I look forward to visiting your church.”

Another resident expressed, “You elders are the most well-behaved and beautiful boys I have ever seen. May the angels protect you.”

Recovering from such a chaos is no easy task.  The Church has reached out to local relief and charitable organizations for partnership offering manpower and supplies to those in need.

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