Mass evac­u­a­tions in south­ern China

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Typhoon Haima forced the evac­u­a­tions of more than 50,000 peo­ple in south­ern China af­ter ham­mer­ing the north­ern Philip­pines with fe­ro­cious wind and rain, trig­ger­ing flood­ing, land­slides and power out­ages and killing at least 13 peo­ple.

No deaths were im­me­di­ately re­ported yes­ter­day in China from the typhoon. Res­i­dents in the cities of Shan­wei and Shan­tou, in China’s Guang­dong prov­ince, were forced to move to safer ground as the storm hit, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and state me­dia re­ported. Some vil­lages ex­pe­ri­enced power out­ages and au­thor­i­ties re­mained on the look­out for pos­si­ble land­slides.

Chi­nese me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal ser­vices said the typhoon made land­fall shortly af­ter noon on Fri­day in Shan­wei in Guang­dong prov­ince, pack­ing winds of up to 166kph be­fore weak­en­ing to a trop­i­cal storm.

China sus­pended dozens of flights and rail ser­vices in sev­eral south­ern prov­inces. In the city of Shen­zhen, au­thor­i­ties or­dered schools, mar­kets and fac­to­ries to close, halted pub­lic trans­porta­tion and evac­u­ated some ar­eas.

Neigh­bour­ing Hong Kong shut down schools, of­fices and com­muter fer­ries as Haima lashed the fi­nan­cial hub with rain and wind gusts of up to 109kph. The third most se­ri­ous storm sig­nal was hoisted, leav­ing an eerie calm in the streets of the nor­mally bustling city. More than 740 flights to and from the city’s in­ter­na­tional air­port were can­celled or de­layed.

In the Philip­pines, Haima’s blind­ing winds and rain on Thurs­day had rekin­dled fears of the catas­tro­phe wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which left 7,300 dead, but there has been no re­port of any ma­jor dam­age. Large ca­su­al­ties ap­peared to have been averted af­ter more than 100,000 peo­ple fled to safer ground. Sev­eral vil­lages were cut off by fallen trees, land­slides and floods, im­ped­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions and aid.

At least 13 peo­ple were killed, mostly in land­slides and floods, in the fast-mov­ing storm, of­fi­cials said.

STORM: Hong Kong res­i­dents

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