Heng Fa Chuen on Hong Kong Island, where 25 cars were damaged in a carpark flooded during typhoon Hato. Photo: Google Maps

The owners of 25 cars left in a carpark at Heng Fa Chuen face major losses after typhoon Hato hit the city on Wednesday.

The carpark, just 1.9 meters above sea level in a private housing estate on the eastern side of Hong Kong Island, was flooded with seawater and damage done to 25 vehicles.

The damaged cars include a HK$2 million (US$255,618) Lamborghini Gallardo Coupe, a HK$1.27 million Tesla, delivered here only five months ago, at least two Porsche, a Mercedes-Benz and several BMWs, Oriental Daily reported.

Managers of the property, MTR Corporation, sent three vehicles to pump water out of the carpark at 3pm on Wednesday, but it took until 6pm on Thursday before the cars were finally out of the water, and they were still covered with trash and mud.

The typhoon, combined with an unusual high tide, brought waves that struck as high as five meters on residential buildings, while water 50 centimeters deep washed over roads in the housing estate on Wednesday. Seawater rushed to the low-level carpark from 10am when typhoon Hato hit the city.

Car owners have claimed that the property management company should take some responsibility for damage to the cars, Apple Daily reported.

Mrs Cheung, wife of the Lamborghini owner, said the car was covered by insurance but the management office should have warned owners before the storm hit. She said they were considering seeking compensation from the management company together with other owners whose cars were damaged.

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