Hong Kong – 19 July, 2012 : Four women and a man aged between 23 and 44 were injured when a 14-meter huge Banyan tree collapsed onto a section of the busy Park Lane Shopper’s Boulevard in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
The 100-year-old Chinese banyan, measuring two meters in diameter, fell at about 9.30pm, with its branches smashing several shop windows.
The tree (LCCD YTM/8) was one of several century-old Banyans that line Nathan Road, outside Kowloon Park, in Tsim Sha Tsui just examined in 30 January, 2012 and had been placed under observation.
The trees in the area date to efforts to develop Kowloon under colonial governor Matthew Nathan in the first decade of the last century, So said. They are believed to have suffered from severe pruning in the 1970s.
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