HONG KONG – Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes in Shanghai early Sunday after Typhoon In-fa hit China’s east coast.
Days after unprecedented flooding devastated huge parts of the center of the country, forcing more than a million people from their homes, an estimated 330,000 residents were evacuated from Shanghai’s Fengxian District, the newspaper reported. public China Daily.
After In-fa made landfall around 12:30 p.m. local time (12:30 a.m. ET), Zhejiang province was rocked by winds of up to 60 mph, state television reported, citing the National Weather Agency. Forecasters have predicted 10 to 14 inches of rain.
Authorities in Shanghai, a city of around 26 million people, have ordered the public to stay indoors and have canceled inbound and outbound flights from Shanghai Pudong and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airports. Other flights are expected to be canceled on Monday, state television reported.
Shanghai, the country’s commercial hub, has also shut down many services and businesses and slowed or suspended subway trains as the rain hit the area.
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“We will do our utmost to ensure the safety of life and property and will do everything to minimize losses from disasters and strive to achieve the goal of no fatalities and few injuries and economic loss “said Yuan Jiajun, secretary of the Communist Party in Zhejiang Province. during a preparation inspection on Saturday, state media reported.
The meteorological administration said In-fa was moving at 9 mph.
The Zhejiang Emergency Management Service upgraded its response to the typhoon to the highest level on Saturday, closing schools and markets. Road traffic in some areas has been suspended.
In-fa struck as China remains reeling from floods that killed at least 58 people in central China after record rains hit the large city of Zhengzhou on Tuesday, sweeping away vehicles and stranding people.
Rapidly rising waters in the metro killed at least 12 people, several buildings lost power, and the streets were filled with debris and mud, triggering a major rescue and clean-up.
The direct economic losses were estimated at 13.9 billion yuan ($ 2 billion), the Associated Press reported, citing the Xinhua news agency. He added that more than 3,800 houses have collapsed across the province and 920,000 people have been evacuated.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed.