Typhoon hits China; thou­sands evac­u­ated

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A strong typhoon roared into south­ern China on Sun­day, bring­ing pow­er­ful winds and heavy rain to the re­gion af­ter leav­ing more than a dozen fish­er­men miss­ing in the Philip­pines.

Nearly 200,000 peo­ple in south­ern China were evac­u­ated be­fore Typhoon Mu­ji­gae made land­fall near the city of Zhan­jiang in Guang­dong province just af­ter 2 p.m., ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter.

By 7:00 p.m. its cen­ter was lo­cated about 460 kilo­me­ters (285 miles) west of Hong Kong and mov­ing steadily in­land.

The cen­ter had al­ready is­sued a red alert — China’s high­est level of weather pre­pared­ness — warn­ing that as much as 280 mil­lime­ters (11 inches) of rain could fall in some places from Sun­day morn­ing to Mon­day morn­ing.

As of Sun­day evening, there were no re­ports of in­juries or dam­age from the storm.

Pack­ing winds of 180 kilo­me­ters (112 miles) per hour at its cen­ter, Mu­ji­gae — “rain­bow” in Korean — was mov­ing north­west at about 20 kph ( 12 mph), the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal cen­ter said.

The typhoon lashed both Guang­dong and the re­sort is­land province of Hainan, where thou­sands of Chi­nese have flocked dur­ing the week­long Na­tional Day hol­i­day that runs through Wed­nes­day. It is ex­pected to weaken as it heads fur­ther in­land over the next two days.

Scores of flights in and out of Hainan’s main air­port in the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal of Haikou have been can­celed, and high-speed rail ser- vice be­tween Haikou and the tourist cen­ter of Sanya was sus­pended Satur­day and Sun­day.

More than 60,000 fish­ing boats re­turned to port in the two prov­inces and more than 40,000 fish­er­men work­ing on fish farms moved to shel­ters, ac­cord­ing to the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment web­sites.

Mean­while, up­wards of 500 tourists were shel­ter­ing in ho­tels in Guang­dong’s Fangji is­land af­ter at­tempts to evac­u­ate them were dis­rupted by high winds, the of­fi­cial Xin­hua News Agency re­ported.

Mu­ji­gae, the 22nd typhoon of the year, blew out of the north­ern Philip­pines early Satur­day, caus­ing floods and a few land­slides and leav­ing more than a dozen fish­er­men miss­ing, said re­gional Of­fice of Civil De­fense spokesman Mike Sabado.

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