BEIJING: China’s mall Shanghai and neighboring coastal regions canceled all flights, slowed or halted subway trains and closed factories as Typhoon Ying-fa hit the shore on Sunday, causing flooding and cutting of about 1,000 trees.
The typhoon landed in the Putuo area of Zhoushan City, a major port on the east coast of Zhejiang province, at 12:30 pm (04:30 GMT) on Sunday, state broadcaster CCTV reported, citing the China Meteorological Bureau.
The storm erupted when central China was still recovering from a record flood that killed at least 63 people, cut off electricity and displaced more than 1 million people.
“We will make every effort to ensure the safety of life and property of people, and will do everything to minimize damage from natural disasters, and strive to achieve the goal of zero deaths and fewer injuries and economic losses,” said Yuan Jiajun, Communist Zhejiang Provincial Party. The secretary, while checking the preparations on Saturday, official media reported.
After flooding 6 km (4 mi) of roads in Zhoushan with seawater and cutting down about 1,000 trees in Shanghai on Sunday afternoon, the typhoon was to make its second coastal landfall between Jiaxing City in Zhejiang and Qidong City in Jiangsu province on Sunday evening.
The Meteorological Office previously reported that the typhoon was traveling at a speed of 15 km per hour (9 mph).
According to the meteorological office, the wind speed in Ying-fa reached 38 meters per second. According to Reuters calculations, this is approximately 137 km / h (85 mph).
Zhejiang’s Emergency Management Authority raised its typhoon response rate to its highest level on Saturday, closing schools and markets and suspending traffic when needed.
Both Shanghai, home to some 26 million people, and Hangzhou in the south have canceled inbound and outbound flights since Saturday, and many trains in the region have also been stopped.
The Shanghai government said it would slow down subway trains and shut down some lines from midday, while Hangzhou also canceled all subway trains.
Flooding in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou last week killed 12 people who were trapped in the subway system.
Shanghai Disneyland will close on Sunday and Monday due to weather conditions, the resort said, while the Yangshan City Port has evacuated hundreds of ships, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
The typhoon was supposed to linger in eastern China after the second landfall and bring heavy downpours in Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces, as well as in Shanghai, Xinhua news agency reported. -Reuters