China evacuates 865,000 as super-typhoon nears

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Chinese authorities have evacuated more than 800,000

people and cancelled hundreds of flights as a super-

typhoon with wind gusts of up to 200kmph headed toward

the country’s southeastern coast.

Typhoon Chan-hom is expected to hit land on Saturday

afternoon between the coastal cities of Ruian and

Zhoushan, south of Shanghai, according to China’s national

weather service. It said the typhoon might be the most

powerful to hit China since 1949.

About 865,000 people were evacuated from coastal areas

of Zhejiang province, the provincial Civil Affairs Bureau

said. The provincial flood control bureau said 28,764 ships

had been ordered back to port by late Friday.

The country’s railway service said more than 100 trains

between the region’s cities were cancelled through Sunday.

All flights into and out of Zhoushan were cancelled and bus

services and speedboat ferry services halted. Elsewhere in

Zhejiang, 388 flights were cancelled in Hangzhou, 34 in

Ningbo and 37 in Wenzhou, according to the provincial

government.

Several area cities suspended inter-city bus services.


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