Ty­phoon’s high winds, rain hit Hainan

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By MA ZHIPING and LIU XIAOLI in Haikou, Hainan prov­ince

Ty­phoon Sari kama de land fall in Wan­ning in south­east­ern Hainan prov­ince on Tues­day morn­ing, bring­ing heavy rain and gales to south­east­ern coastal ar­eas of China that also in­cluded Guang­dong and Fu­jian prov­inces, the China Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ad­min­is­tra­tion said.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion is­sued a red alert — the high­est of the four-tier warn­ing sys­tem — for Sarika, which brought winds of up to 162 km per hour on Tues­day morn­ing.

The ty­phoon, the 21st of the year, lashed the is­land prov­ince on its way to Beibu Gulf and was ex­pected to make land­fall again in the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion or Viet­nam.

Gales and down­pours, with rain­fall of up to 200 mil­lime­ters in some ar­eas, halted traf­fic to and from the is­land. More than 520 flights were can­celed at the is­land’s two large air­ports— Meilan In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Haikou, the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal, and Sanya Phoenix In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Op­er­a­tions re­sumed at Meilan air­port at 7 pm on Tues­day; of­fi­cials at Sanya were to de­cide later on Tues­day whether to re­open.

Marine, rail and high­way trans­porta­tion were all closed since Monday as the storm ap­proached.

All of the is­land’s scenic spots were closed on Monday. Classes at pri­mary and mid­dle schools in Sanya, Wan­ning and Haikou were sus­pended for three days be­gin­ning on Monday.

More than 25,000 fish­ing boats were called back to port, and more than 510,000 peo­ple had been re­lo­cated by noon on Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to Chen Wu, deputy di­rec­tor of the Hainan Pro­vin­cial Flood Con­trol and Drought Re­lief Head­quar­ters.

Pro­vin­cial and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties had stored suf­fi­cient sup­plies of food, veg­eta­bles and propane for res­i­dents’ daily life, Chen added.

De­spite the gales and rain, most shops in Haikou re­mained open on Tues­day.

Zhao Yong, who sells veg­eta­bles in a down­town mar­ket, said it was busi­ness as usual. “It is not a very big thing for one who lives on the is­land,” he said, adding that veg­etable prices rose by 10 per­cent on Tues­day.

Li Lei­dong, a ho­tel man­ager in Haikou, said, “Some tourists who have come to Hainan for the first time want to go out­side to feel what a ty­phoon is like.” He added that he con­vinced cus­tomers to avoid risk­ing their lives.


Ty­phoon Sarika snaps trees as it ar­rives in South China’s Hainan prov­ince on Tues­day, bring­ing winds of up to 162 km per hour.

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