Key parts of the MTR’s Kwun Tong line were suspended at the height of rush hour on Monday, causing chaos for commuters.

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Photo: KaiMing Yeung‎.

A power failure occurred at around 5:30pm at Kowloon Bay station, according to the MTR.

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A commuter fainted at Kowloon Bay station.

Trains between Kowloon Tong and Kwun Tong were suspended, with limited services elsewhere. Replacement shuttle buses were brought online. Service disruptions continued until around 8:30pm.

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Yau Tong Station. Photo: Vincent Chong.

Two commuters fainted during the confusion inside Kowloon Bay station, Apple Daily reported.

Meanwhile, over a hundred commuters were forced to walk along train tracks between Choi Hung and Diamond Hill stations.

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Commuters walked along train tracks. Photo: Lihkg forum.

Traffic jams unfolded throughout Kowloon as passengers turned to other forms of transport.

Traffic flow as seen on Google Maps. Photo: Googlemaps.

Democratic Party lawmaker Roy Kwong Chun-yu said the public is at a critical point, in that they cannot bear any more disruptions to service.

“The fares go up every year, but the service is constantly in decline – this is unacceptable for the public,” he said. He called for a special meeting to be held at the legislature demanding the MTR Corporation and the government explain the frequent incidents and lay out improvement plans.

It is the second glitch in a day. Earlier on Monday, services were disrupted for 90 minutes after a Tung Chung line train broke down.

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