Ty­phoons leave east­ern coast­line bat­tered

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By SHI XIAOFENG in Hangzhou and ZHENG JINRAN in Bei­jing Con­tact the writers at zhengjin­ran@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

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Fol­low­ing the stormy MidAu­tumn Fes­ti­val, res­i­dents in China’s east­ern coastal re­gions wit­nessed a se­vere ty­phoon on Sun­day that brought high tides, heavy rain and wind gusts that bat­tered the coast­line and caused heavy dam­age.

Ty­phoon Malakas, the 16th ma­jor storm of the sea­son, fol­lowedTyphoonMer­anti, which was the world’s strong­est ty­phoon of the year. And East China’s Zhe­jiang prov­ince bore the brunt. The storm be­gan to weaken in the East China Sea as it turned north­east­ward on Sun­day af­ter­noon, the China Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ob­ser­va­tory said.

Qiantang River’s renowned an­nual tidal bore, which is caused by the grav­i­ta­tional pull of the moon dur­ing au­tumn, has been driven higher due to the ty­phoons, reach­ing 2.1 me­ters on Sun­day af­ter­noon in­Hain­ing city, Zhe­jiang prov­ince. That is 0.5 me­ters higher than fore­cast, said Xing Yun, head of the in­for­ma­tion de­part­ment of the river’s ad­min­is­tra­tion bureau.

“Af­fected by the re­cent ty­phoons, the waves have grown stronger, so vis­i­tors should keep their dis­tance to avoid po­ten­tial risks,” Xing said, adding that vis­i­tors flock to the prov­ince for the sight of the world’s largest waves.

Shang­hai also warned that gales brought by the ty­phoon would af­fect the city’s metro sys­tem on Sun­day and Monday.

Vast ar­eas along the east­ern coast­line, es­pe­cially in Fu­jian and Zhe­jiang prov­inces, were bat­tered by Ty­phoon Mer­anti start­ing on Wed­nes­day last week.

Mer­anti made land­fall in Xi­a­men, Fu­jian prov­ince, on Thurs­day, with gales and down­pours caus­ing 28 deaths and leav­ing an­other 15 peo­ple miss­ing in Zhe­jiang and Fu­jian as of Satur­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments.

In Xi­a­men, 620,000 house­holds suf­fered power out­ages, while more than 90 per­cent of the city’s ur­ban Xing Yun, veg­e­ta­tion was dam­aged, Xin­hua News Agency re­ported on Sun­day.

As of Sun­day, 70 per­cent of the power grid was said to be back to nor­mal.

Wang Wei­jun, deputy head of Xi­a­men Bureau of Parks and Woods, said that felled trees had been dis­rupt­ing traf­fic.

“It will take about three days to clean up this mess,” Wang said.

The city govern­ment an­nounced that pri­mary schools and kinder­gartens, in­clud­ing pri­vate schools, would be closed for two or three days, as power sup­ply and trans­porta­tion net­works have both been af­fected.

Xi­a­men’s fa­mous re­sort is­land, Gu­langyu, has been closed since Fri­day. All ferry trips be­tween the is­land and the port in Xi­a­men have been can­celed.

Af­fected by the re­cent ty­phoons, the waves have grown stronger.”

head of the in­for­ma­tion de­part­ment of the Qiantang River’s ad­min­is­tra­tion bureau

JIN YUNGUO / FOR CHINA DAILY

Ty­phoon Malakas, the 16th of the year, af­fected the east­ern coast in Wen­ling, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, on Sun­day. Peo­ple were warned to stay

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