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China evacuates tens of thousands ahead of typhoon

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Chinese authorities have evacuated tens of thousands of people, cancelled scores of trains and flights and closed seaside resorts as a super-typhoon heads toward the south-eastern coast.

China’s national weather service said Typhoon Chan-hom – with wind gusts up to 125 mph – is expected to make landfall soon at Fujian or Zhejiang province, and has issued its highest-level alert.

Zhejiang’s Civil Affairs Bureau said nearly 60,000 people were evacuated from coastal areas. The country’s railway service said more than 100 trains between the region’s cities had been cancelled.

In the seaside city of Zhoushan, all flights in and out of the airport have been cancelled. The city also halted bus and speedboat ferry services, and several tourist spots were closed.

In the nearby port city of Ningbo, 23 flights were cancelled, the airport said.

Several cities also announced suspension of inter-city bus services.

Chan-hom caused 20 injuries as it moved over islands in southern Japan, Kyodo news agency reported, citing the local government in Okinawa prefecture.

The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of strong winds and high waves through the night.

The storm also dumped rain on the northern Philippines and was expected to pass by Taiwan, where several flights were suspended. The stock market and public offices were closed in Taipei, the island’s capital, authorities announced.

Southern China was struck by another typhoon earlier this week. Typhoon Linfa displaced 56,000 people in southern Guangdong province.

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