Over 200K evacuated as Typhoon Talim approaches

FUZHOU/HANGZHOU, China (Xinhua) – More than 200,000 people have been evacuated from Fujian and Zhejiang provinces as of yesterday, as Talim, the region’s 18th typhoon this year, moves rapidly towards China’s southeast coast.

The provincial meteorological department of Fujian forecast that Talim would intensify into a super typhoon with a speed of 180-200km per hour within the next two days.

China’s national weather observatory yesterday forecast that Talim would either move northwest and make landfall in Zhejiang between tonight and tomorrow morning, or move north into waters near Zhejiang tomorrow and then turn northeast. More than 120,000 people have been moved to safe places, 20,000 fishing vessels taken shelter in Fujian, and nearly 2,000 scenic spots and construction sites shut down. In Zhejiang, nearly 9,000 people have been relocated and more than 4,700 fishing vessels harboured.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Doksuri, the 19th in the region this year, has been forecast to either pass the coast of south China’s Hainan Island or land in coastal areas of the province tonight or tomorrow morning.

The Hainan weather bureau yesterday morning issued an alert for the approaching Typhoon Doksuri.

Boats sail to a channel which stand up to strong winds in Songmen Town of Wenling City, east China’s Zhejiang Province on Tuesday. – XINHUA