How Hong Kong plans to replace 100,000 trees

Thousands of felled trees have been brought to Kai Tak, the former airport that sits along Hong Kong's famed Victoria Harbor.

Hong Kong (CNN)Downed trees and fallen branches still litter Hong Kong nearly two months after Typhoon Mangkhut ripped through the city.

Mangkhut was the strongest storm to hit Hong Kong since the city began keeping records. Though there was no loss of life, the storm battered the city's buildings, causing more than $1 billion in insurance claims according to some estimates.
But it was the city's green spaces that incurred the greatest damage. The city government estimates that 54,000 trees were felled during the storm, though experts say the number could be nearly double that figure.
    Many of those fallen trees have remained on the ground, blocking paths and walkways.
      It's an unusual sight in a place that prides itself on urban efficiency. The cleanup after the previous typhoon, Hato in 2017, also one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the city, took just days.
      A school bus in Hong Kong's Heng Fa Chuen is seen after being destroyed by a tree during Typhoon Mangkhut.