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China braced for Typhoon Haitang

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China braced for Typhoon Haitang


Close to a million people have been evacuated from China’s south-eastern coast as Typhoon Haitang continues its menacing approach.

Some 5,000 armed police have been mobilised and reservoirs and dykes are under surveillance with heavy rains causing several landslides. At least 17,000 fishing and merchant ships have been ordered back to port and all flights have been cancelled. But as the region prepares for the worst, the once fierce storm is losing some of its power. Packing maximum winds of 120 kilometres an hour, Haitang’s now classed as a moderate typhoon. It has already caused millions of euros worth of damage across Taiwan and killed at least six people. Non-stop torrential rain through the night sparked flooding in the south of the island with streets in some areas filled with waist-high water. But the worst is not over. Weather forecasters say Taiwan is likely to be hit by several typhoons this summer. Meanwhile, Hurricane Emily continues to wreak havoc across Mexico. The country’s been forced to closed down most offshore oil production and tens of thousands of locals and holidaymakers have been evacuated from the popular “Maya Riviera” coastline. Several people have died in incidents caused by the powerful storm which killed at least four in Jamaica. Emergency measures are also being taken in Texas ahead of Emily’s expected arrival.
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