Thousands evacuated after typhoon alert in eastern China

China takes measures to handle strongest typhoon in over 60 years

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

As a result of China’s typhoon alarm, more than 865.000 people were evacuated on Saturday as the powerful typhoon Chan-hom moved toward to the country after lashing Japan's Okinawa island chain, the Philippines and Taiwan.

China’s Meteorological Centre (NMC) said that the typhoon killed five people in the Philippines and injured more than 20 people in Japan this week, may be the strongest storm which hit the South Shanghai's Zhejiang province since 1949.

According to the forecasts from the center, the typhoon will trigger landfall in the Zhejiang province near the port city of Ningbo later on Saturday, arriving before Shanghai.

But the weather center has already reported that heavy rain and strong winds have continuing in several cities of the province since Shanghai issued a typhoon alert on Friday.

When the winds reached up to 187 km/h in the country, more than 400 flights were cancelled.

Additionally, about 30,000 fishing vessels have also returned to harbour in Zhenjiang due to reports indicating waves climbing up to 10 metres, according China’s state news agency Xinhua.

Footage from coastal regions which hit by torrential rains was shown on Chinese television channels.

"The upcoming typhoon seems very powerful. We have sealed all our windows and doors and have stored food," said Liu Yimin, a villager in coastal Huagang village, told Xinhua.

It is the second storm which hit China in a week , two days before typhoon Linfa  crossed over the Southern Guangdong province, triggering landfall and displacing thousands of residents.


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