By: Agence France-Presse

A spectacular fireworks show staged yearly over Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour to mark Lunar New Year might be cancelled this 12 months as the town mourns victims of a lethal bus crash, it was introduced Monday.

A rushing double-decker overturned in northern Hong Kong on Saturday night, killing 19 and leaving greater than 60 injured, some critically.

It was the second deadliest bus accident lately within the semi-autonomous southern Chinese metropolis, which prides itself on one of many world’s finest public transport techniques.

As Hong Kong went into mourning, the federal government responded to mounting stress from lawmakers to name off the fireworks scheduled for the second day of Chinese New Year on Saturday.

Chinese custom says the seventh day after a death is when the spirit of the deceased returns to bid farewell for the final time.

“Residents are grieving and want to express their sombre mood, and their respect and care for the dead and injured,” mentioned Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

Scores of residents flooded Red Cross centres on Sunday to donate blood for the injured, native media reported.

A 30-year-old driver has been arrested for harmful driving however the accident has additionally reignited concern over working circumstances for bus drivers.

Lam has pledged an unbiased investigation and referred to as for a broad examination of the town’s bus franchise system.