Ty­phoon set to strike nuke plants

The Southland Times - - World -

Work­ers at a large Chi­nese nu­clear power sta­tion were put on ‘‘com­bat readi­ness’’ yes­ter­day as a ‘‘su­per ty­phoon’’ bore down on the fa­cil­ity.

Ty­phoon Mangkhut, a 800kmwide belt of fe­ro­cious winds and tor­ren­tial rain, will slam into densely pop­u­lated coastal re­gions of south­ern China near Hong Kong to­day, af­ter wreak­ing de­struc­tion across the north­ern Philip­pines.

The Yangjiang nu­clear plant, which has five work­ing re­ac­tors and a sixth un­der con­struc­tion, is less than 30km from the storm’s ex­pected land­fall.

A sec­ond nu­clear fa­cil­ity at Tais­han also stands in the pro­jected path of the storm.

Chen Weizhong, man­ager of the Yangjiang nu­clear plant, took to WeChat, China’s most pop­u­lar mes­sag­ing plat­form, to warn of Mangkhut’s likely im­pact.

‘‘All de­part­ments must at­tach the high­est level of im­por­tance to this and ad­here to high stan­dards to strictly en­sure the pre­ven­tive mea­sures are im­ple­mented,’’ Chen wrote.

Mangkhut rav­aged across the north­ern Philip­pines with fe­ro­cious winds and heavy rain that left at least 12 dead in land­slides and col­lapsed houses.

The strong­est storm so far this year in the world sliced across the north­ern tip of Lu­zon Is­land on Satur­day, a bread­bas­ket that is also a re­gion of flood-prone rice plains and moun­tain prov­inces with a his­tory of deadly land­slides. More than 5 mil­lion peo­ple were in the path of the ty­phoon. – The Times/AP

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