Typhoon Saola Causes Flooding and Evacuations in Southern China
Tropical cyclone claims one life and triggers evacuation measures in Guangdong Province
Typhoon Saola struck southern China’s Guangdong Province earlier today, resulting in the unfortunate loss of at least one life and widespread flooding in various areas. The authorities in Guangdong have taken swift action and successfully evacuated approximately 800,000 individuals from vulnerable regions, while another 100,000 were relocated in neighboring Fujian Province, as a precautionary measure. Moreover, hundreds of flights have been suspended, contributing to the disruption caused by the typhoon.
In response to the potential threat posed by Saola, Hong Kong and several other coastal regions in southern China have temporarily halted business operations, transportation services, and school classes. Fortunately, Chinese authorities have reported no significant damages thus far.
The Central Meteorological Administration of China has provided insights into the path of the typhoon, noting that although Saola has weakened as it advanced northward at a speed of 160 km/h, it continues to unleash fierce winds and heavy rainfall. As the typhoon advances southwest along the coast of Guangdong Province, Hong Kong has started resuming flights and rail services that had previously been suspended since the previous day.
In recent years, various regions in China, including mountainous areas near the country’s capital, Beijing, have faced record-breaking rainfall. This extreme weather has tragically claimed the lives of dozens of individuals.
Source: VOA News
Typhoon Saola made landfall in southern China’s Guangdong Province early today (2nd), killing at least one person and causing flooding in several areas.
Guangdong has evacuated nearly 800,000 people in at-risk areas and 100,000 in neighboring Fujian, and suspended hundreds of flights.
In addition, Hong Kong and most of China’s southern coastal areas have suspended business, transport and school classes, but no major damage has occurred, Chinese authorities said.
China’s Central Meteorological Administration said that after Saola moved north at a speed of 160 km/h, its power weakened, but it was still spraying strong winds and heavy rain.
As the typhoon moved southwest along the coast of Guangdong Province, Hong Kong resumed flights and rail services that had been suspended since yesterday.
China has experienced its heaviest rainfall in recent years in many areas, including mountainous areas near the capital Beijing, killing dozens.
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