China puts on highest alert for super typhoon Chan-Hom, evacuates thousands of people

Published on : Sunday, July 12, 2015

China puts on highest alertChina has evacuated thousands of people in its eastern Zhejiang province and put on the highest alert for super typhoon Chan-Hom as it approaches the eastern coast at high speed.


The National Meteorological Centre issued the red alert, the highest level of alert, on Friday morning for Chan-Hom whose centre was spotted 550km southeast off Zhejiang Province at 5 am, Xinhua news agency reported.
It said nearly 20,000 people had been evacuated and 20,000 fishing vessels returned to harbour for shelter in Zhejiang province, adding that direct shipping routes to Taiwan from Zhejiang had also been suspended since Thursday.


Meanwhile, the Wenzhou City government has asked all 53,000 flood controlstaff in the city to stand by over the weekend.
Xinhua said the Fujian provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters ordered all people on coastal fishing farms in Ningde, Fuzhou,Pingtan and Putian to evacuate by 10 am Friday.


Shanghai also issued a typhoon alert on Friday warning of gales starting Friday afternoon and heavy rain on Saturday, the state-run news agency reported.


In another development, Typhoon Linfa which made landfall on Thursday in the southern province of Guangdong had brought torrential rain to the coast, leaving more than 1.6 million people affected, Xinhua said.


Linfa had resulted in the collapse of some 288 houses and the displacement of 56,000 people. It had caused a direct economic loss of 1.3 billion yuan (RM794 million), Xinhua cited the Guangdong Civil Affairs Department as saying.


However, no casualties have been reported, it added.


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