Typhoon forces evacuation of over 4,000 in east China

FUZHOU: Hato, the 13th typhoon this year, has forced the evacuation of more than 4,000 people, as it moves towards China’s southeast coast, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

The typhoon is likely to land in the coastal area of south China’s Guangdong Province on Wednesday morning, as it was moving to the west at a speed of 20 km per hour on Tuesday morning, according to local meteorological authorities.

In Guangdong’s neighbouring Fujian Province, more than 4,000 fish farmers and their families, retreated to the land on Monday, and all fishing boats returned to harbour Tuesday.

The typhoon is expected to bring rain and gales with a maximum speed of around 40 metres per second to the sea off Fujian.

Around 90 bullet trains between Shenzhen and cities in Fujian and Jiangxi provinces have been cancelled for Wednesday.   – Bernama

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